The ACT Government has moved to improve the codes of practice for the handling and removal of asbestos.

Title: CT Government approves changes to asbestos management codes of practice

Posted:  2 Jan 2015, 6:39amFri 2 Jan 2015, 6:39am

author: (ABC News: Jonathon Gul)

The ACT Government has moved to improve the codes of practice for the handling and removal of asbestos.

The changes have partly been prompted by the Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos removal program and are designed to achieve higher standards of safety for workers who come into contact with the dangerous substance.

The product known as Mr Fluffy insulation was pumped into the roof spaces of more than 1,000 Canberra homes between 1968 and 1978. Despite a Commonwealth-funded clean-up program in the 1980s and 1990s, remnant asbestos fibres were still being found in the wall cavities and sub-floors of some properties.

Workplace Safety Minister Mick Gentleman said mandatory training for workers was one of the important changes to the codes of practice.

“We want to make sure that not just for Mr Fluffy, but all dangerous substances, workplaces have opportunities for people to be trained correctly,” he said.

Mr Gentleman said the impact of Mr Fluffy had already been felt across the ACT.

“I’ve worked with these dangerous substances myself in a previous life,” he said.

“At that time we weren’t made aware of the dangerous situation regarding that substance.

“I think it’s really important that we are and that trainers and people in the workplace understand the implications.”

Anyone who does not comply with the changed codes of conduct will not be able to hold a licence to conduct the removal of asbestos.

The other change to the codes of practice included more stringent requirements about who may remove asbestos from a home or workplace.