As per recent findings, it has been reported that national asbestos authorities have been established to take hold of the situation arising as a consequence of asbestos. It has been revealed that the authorities will be responsible for the removal of asbestos from all buildings by 2030.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has established these independent asbestos authorities to manage the task, so as to reduce the mortality rates encountered due to asbestos. It has been revealed that Australia accounts for the majority of asbestos-related deaths. This is due to the reason that the material causes life-threatening lung disease.
ACTU President Ged Kearney stated that the authorities set have to complete the task by 2030, regardless of any issues. Moreover, she has emphasized that the costs and finances will never turn out to be hurdle in their way.
She said, “The cost of lives... cannot be measured in dollar terms. We must put resources into this and we must make absolutely sure we get Australia asbestos free”.
It has been called out that firstly an audit will be carried to estimate the extent of problem being faced and for that an inspection of all the buildings, including people’s homes will be done to acknowledge the presence of asbestos.
Ms. Kearney asserted that they will be firstly taking into account the government buildings and their dumpsites. Further, a removal program will be brought into action by licensed removalsits.
Moreover, she illustrated that an awareness program and educational campaigns regarding asbestos and its ill-effects should be coordinated. Nevertheless, people who are selling their house or giving it on lease should beforehand carry out an audit of their homes for the presence of asbestos.
However, the Federal Government's asbestos management review is expected in June, till the time no action can be taken.