A plan to make Australia asbestos-free by 2030 must start with government, says a report from a two-year national inquiry into asbestos removal.
APESMA CEO Chris Walton welcomed the Government’s release of the Asbestos Management Review’s report and said that there must now be action to get rid of the carcinogen.
“The report recommended that the Government must investigate removing asbestos from Government and commercial buildings in the next 18 years, as well as set up an audit of its existence in residential properties built before production ended in 1987.
In its submission to the review the ACTU called for asbestos to be eliminated from all buildings by 2030, further recommending that this should start with Government-owned buildings.
The report also recommends that a new national agency must be set up to oversee a strategic plan for asbestos awareness and management across Australia.
More than 500 Australians die each year from the asbestos disease, mesothelioma, and these numbers are expected to increase over the next decade.
Australia had one of the highest rates of asbestos consumption per head in the world, and most of that asbestos is still in place in buildings and is deteriorating.
Every third domestic dwelling built before 1982 is thought to contain asbestos – that’s more than a million houses. It is in our homes, our schools and hospitals and our workplaces.
Read the complete Asbestos Management Review report.