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Withholding Asbestos Inspection Results

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  Quote uninformed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Withholding Asbestos Inspection Results
    Posted: 29/August/2017 at 12:30
Hi there,

I have a question about asbestos inspection results.

I was on a site alone for a couple of days, on the third day the client notifies me of an exposed substance that might be asbestos. At this point, I had been neither formally or informally educated on asbestos, so I put my face mask on and continued working - the client was rather nonchalant about the issue, so I took it lightly. It was a pretty windy day, and as I advanced through the site I got close to the substance, the client pointed it out to me. It ended up being among the mulch that had been laid by the client but had been brought in by a third party (an NSW government owned statutory corperation). I asked if the substance had been sampled, the client said that the appropriate testers usually take a month to come and look at potential asbestos materials. So I continued working, but I had a bad feeling. I finished the day off.

I was sent back to the site but this time with a large team that I was to supervise. I felt uncomfortable going back to the site with my team so I called my manager to let him know what the situation was and he said that he had been informed days before the client had told me. Confused as to why he wouldn't include that in the job details, I said that I didn't feel comfortable having an entire team there without knowing what it is. He began um-ing and ah-ing so I said that I would ask if there was any progress on the matter when I arrived on-site in the morning.

That day we left the site after the client ran over to me while I was working and told me to stop working in the area (they had found more of the substance through the mulch). I called my manager and he advised that we leave after he talked to the client.

It is over a month on now, a couple of us have asked for more information about the end result. Our questions have been avoided, my manager said that he would chase it up a week ago and hasn't said anything about it since. My shifts have gone down from 4 to 1 a week in the past 3 weeks (I'm employed on a casual basis). My team and I would like to know what the result ended up being, I believe we are entitled to that information...

How can I find out, is there some way I can go around my boss? Some type of public database? Can or should I call someone? Who?

Thanks for your time.


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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/August/2017 at 13:19
Depends which state you are in - the following page has links for each state:

https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/law-and-regulation/law-your-state

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  Quote uninformed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/August/2017 at 16:25
Thanks for your reply. I just had a look at the link, all that I got out of it was that perhaps they can be held accountable for not providing appropriate safety equipment. This took place in N.S.W.

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