Wrong asbestos details given

WORKCOVER has revealed information it provided to the media about asbestos removal breaches at The Channon Public School was incorrect.

Earlier this month, the authority had said the contractor working at the school was issued with four improvement notices, when in fact he had been issued with two penalty notices and two improvement notices.

A WorkCover NSW spokeswoman said it was a clerical error and the notices in question still related only to administrative issues, rather than work practices.

“Four notices were issued to the construction contractor on the school site in relation to administrative iss-ues, including failing to notify WorkCover of their intention to remove bonded asbestos as required under workplace safety laws,” she said.

“WorkCover regularly monitors BER program schoolwork sites and works closely with the constructors and contractors to ensure work is carried out in line with relevant regulations.”

While the authority's spokeswoman said there were no concerns about the quality of the work or the safety of teachers and students, it would not provide the full details of the breaches.

In a statement, WorkCover apologised to the school community for any inconvenience caused by the errors, promising to review its business systems and liaise directly with those schools affected by the ‘data integrity issues'.

The work in question involved the removal of asbestos sheeting from the school's library on Thursday, February 11, this year.

Parents were notified in a letter from the principal, which said all work was carried out before school hours and followed the EducationDepartment's strict protocols, including air monitoring and surface testing for fibres.



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