14 August 2013
City Responds Regarding Asbestos Safety
A report revealed last week (August 6) that the amount of airborne asbestos during work to remove the asbestos roof of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery was significantly below the acceptable level.
The compliance report received from Environmental Site Services that monitored the recent work for the City of Greater Geraldton, concluded the work was fully compliant with all Codes of Practice, and airborne asbestos was significantly below the acceptable level according to the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).
City Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said this was the first step towards a major upgrade of the City’s valuable asset as part of the City’s Asset Renewal Program and the report was very welcome.
“The City takes its duty of care very seriously and only employs contractors that adhere to all Codes of Practice, so to receive this report is very reassuring,” he said.
The roof replacement contract was let to local business Crothers Constructions and work is expected to be completed this month. Crothers Construction is accredited under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme by the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.
A new air conditioning system will be installed later in the year which will elevate the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery to an A-Class gallery.