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Asbestos news

The latest news, announcements and media statements across Queensland Government on asbestos related issues.

Asbestos Awareness Week 2021

This Asbestos Awareness Week (22-28 November), we’re showing householders and tradies where they could find asbestos in homes and what they should do to stay safe.

2 November 2021

Asbestos: tough action to continue

The Palaszczuk Government has vowed to continue to raise awareness around asbestos safety.  

26 November 2019

Asbestos Awareness Week Sunday 24 – Saturday 30 November 2019

This Asbestos Awareness Week (24-30 November), we’re asking all Queenslanders to learn how to work safely with asbestos.

18 October 2019

The North Queensland flood register - tradies sign up now

The North QLD Flood Register will allow flood affected home owners to search for licensed contractors who are available to help with repairs, to make homes safe, secure and habitable.

11 February 2019

Asbestos Awareness Week highlights dangers

Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace visited year 10 students at Kelvin Grove State College’s Trade Training Centre today, highlighting the importance of asbestos safety.

23 November 2018

Asbestos Awareness Week 19 – 25 November 2018

Asbestos Awareness Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about working safely with asbestos and to help Queenslanders easily identify asbestos materials in their homes.

29 October 2018

Licenced asbestos removalist audit continues

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is continuing its targeted assessment of licensed asbestos removalists checking for those who engage in unsafe practices. Several removalists have had sanctions applied to their licences in recent months. Removalists with poor compliance records are being targeted by a specialist team of inspectors as part of the state wide audit.

31 August 2018

Asbestos clean-up proves costly

A construction company has been fined $4,500 for a workplace asbestos contamination, on top of paying a hefty $35,000 contribution towards the cost of the clean-up, despite no evidence that anyone was exposed to airborne asbestos fibres.

31 July 2018

Asbestos and electrical safety a must in smart meter installations

With the rollout of smart meters in Queensland households and businesses underway, the Electrical Safety Office is reminding electrical contractors of the safe work standards they’re expected and obliged to maintain during the installation of these devices.

14 June 2018

High pressure water spray on asbestos roof

In April 2018, a contractor used a high pressure water spray on a roof believed to be asbestos containing material (ACM) which he had been engaged to clean and repaint. ACM debris was distributed throughout part of the property and the neighbouring property.

26 April 2018

New scrutiny for asbestos removalists

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has stepped up its audit of licenced asbestos removalists, targeting those with poor records when it comes to compliance.

27 March 2018

Asbestos care during storm season

Businesses are reminded to treat asbestos materials safely in the aftermath of storms and floods this summer.

18 December 2017

Maintenance, inspection and testing of H-Class vacuum cleaners

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has produced a new guide for users of H-Class vacuum cleaners capable of cleaning up asbestos.

30 October 2017

Roofing company exposed workers and public to asbestos

A Brisbane roofing company has been fined $100,000 and convicted in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for failing to handle and safely dispose of asbestos.

17 July 2017