Australian Government and Northern Territory Government Asbestos Removal Program

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. It can be used in a range of materials becauseof its versatility. Its strong, hot resistant and has insulatingproperties. Asbestos can be woven into fibers, mixedwith cement, even used in brake linings. In reality, it could be used for everything, from fireproof vests to building material. When asbestos is broken, microscopic fibresare released and they can be breathed into our lungs. The substances impale our lungs and induce disfiguring. The asbestos fibres remain in our lungs andscarring continues to develop and spread for many years. Health problems and disease can take yearsto become obvious. In Australia asbestos was widely used between1 946 and 1980, however, in the 70 s when the dangers to folks health became more apparent, it was phased out. It was restricted alone in 2003. Asbestos is ever present in the Northern Territorysremote Indigenous communities – in homes, in stores, in parks, in landfills, even on the seas .( Speaking Aboriginal language) Countless citizens are unaware of the dangersof asbestos. There are narratives of young children playingamongst decay asbestos builds, and kids vandalising asbestos-containing materialin old constructs. We need to protect each other from the dangersof asbestos. With Federal funding, the Northern TerritoryDepartment of Local Government and Community Assistance has implemented a project to reducethe risk of asbestos in public builds in 54 remote Indigenous societies. By the end of June 2016, all immediate andmedium danger asbestos will have been removed from these public assets.However, those builds still contain lowrisk asbestos and in those cases, theyve been labelled with stickers that indicatethe health risks. The Federal Government is working towardseradicating asbestos all together by the year 2030. The programme controls from the Tiwi Islands, Groote Eylandt, across the whole of the northern region through the Central region claim theway down to the southern region where we are now in Santa Teresa.But the program itself has developed to becomeslightly more than precisely an asbestos safety remediation, its actually developed ita significant neighbourhood employment and local proliferation program but its also been a tremendousresponse by the local people in wanting to participate in the program and understandabout asbestos, the hazards of asbestos and then participating in making their own communitiessafe. What is the most important thing formerly wevegot it in the bag and taped it down, and weve wiped it down? What is the most important thing we have tohave on the purse? Labelled.Yeah. Youre spending in this case $ 19.6 milliondollars throughout the whole of the Northern Territory, there must be some benefits that accrue tolocal parties, going into local communities and youre spending money in the local communities, only reasonable that we should establish every effort to ensure that there is an opportunityfor local fiscal participation. Good, so it sucks it there, you know itsairtight. Ok. Ready for take-off? So the program has reeled out in a significantnumber of communities and in those communities we have mainly drilled males, youngmen principally, so the department decided to approach the remaining parishes on a little more equitablebasis.This asbestos removal program is providingtraining and employment opportunities for women in remote societies. Its a historic moment for us, wevegot five girls taught up in nationally accredited asbestos removal.( Speaking Aboriginal language) just going to introduce these guys whohave come out to do a little of make around the parish removing asbestos Some of its actually down in our tradetraining centre out the back We have been conducting forums at the schoolto many age group. When were working, “were having” these signsin place. This one means youve got to wear a halfmask and a special suit that wont adulterate her robe, because when removing asbestos, theres always an opportunity that asbestos substances, dust, could be released in the air. So if you ensure a sticker like this, thatmeans that material contains asbestos. You shouldnt break it, knock it, smash-up it, do anything to it that they are able to stimulate any dirt or fibres.When you see broken debris on the grind, we really want to teach the kids to stay away from it. And actually having all these Indigenous ladiestrained up, hopefully the aim is that they can go out and they can do a safe removal, teach others and also surpasses the message on and make their community safe. Everything is done in compliance with codesand legislation, performing sure there is no danger to anyone. Because asbestos fibres are invisible to oureyes, consultant hygienists are used to monitor the breeze around clearance locates. Ill be conducting our monitoring aroundthe boundary during removal acts, and every night Ill check the fibre results and illissue that to the quarries daily. Following removal, Ill come in and do clearancesto make sure they removed everything appropriately. Remove nails, remove any waste materials andthen Ill issue a clearance certificate. Will inhaling one asbestos fibre compel youdamage? No, nonetheless the higher the revelation, the higherthe risk.So if youre knocking in the walls of anasbestos constructing youre probably breathing in an enormous amount of asbestos staples. But asbestos is no longer used is it? It is, asbestos can be found in products thatare imported in to Australia as well as apparently in the products that are still in use. Is picking up asbestos risky? Yes it is, but it doesnt have to be andif its absolutely necessary for you to remove the piece of asbestos, then you shouldwear the protective robe, you should keep the asbestos dry so as not to release anyfibres, you should store it in a plastic handbag and you should dispose of it in the correctway. The truck ought to have licenced to carry theasbestos squander, and then we go out and this waste here is going to Alice Springs, it goesto an approved dump site which takes asbestos, then it goes to a certain area of the dump, the person working at the drop, he comes along with the excavator, blaze immerse it straightaway. We are all working together to keep our communitysafe.


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