Asbestos has been found on the site

February 17, 2006 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PRESS RELEASE – 17th FEBRUARY 2006
The South District Association continues to get unconfirmed but reliable reports that more asbestos has been found on the site.  It is already known that the roof of one of the buildings is made from asbestos sheeting.  Now in a further scare, it has come to the Association’s attention that the external covering used to protect the Water Tanks contains asbestos.  Residents reported that a couple of persons in protective clothing, who are understood to have been Health and Safety Officers, were seen collecting samples from the Pump House, as it is thought that the pipes and other machinery inside this building may also contain asbestos.  It appears that samples have been taken away from the site to be tested.
No further demolition works have been carried out on site since the perimeter walls and one of the buildings above ground were demolished.  Yesterday residents of the South District reported that heavy machinery had left the site and that all demolition works had been halted.  It seems that until the extent of the asbestos is uncovered no further work can be carried out.
In response to concerns expressed by residents of the area in the past fortnight, the SDA put the developers and the relevant authorities on notice that any asbestos found on site must be removed in accordance with the relevant ordinance. It hopes that both the Government and OEM International take note.
 
It is becoming clear now that no attempt was made to carry out a full survey to\n determine if there was any asbestos on the site before work commenced that could give rise to public health fears.  Under current legislation, it is the responsibility of employers to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment so as to determine what asbestos is or is liable to be present.  Further the employer has a duty not only to protect employees from exposure to asbestos but also to protect any other person who may be affected by the work activity.
 
If this is the case, then no work should have been carried out on the surface covering of the Water Tanks.  Before works commenced the asbestos should have been stripped off the\n roof covering of the Water Tanks.  Only then should the drilling for the geo technical survey have taken place.
 
The SDA hopes that before the asbestos is removed the extent and type will be determined.  Asbestos dust is highly toxic.  There are three types, white which represents a serious threat to health and blue or brown that is highly aggressive and very serious health risks.
 
The SDA does not feel that enough care has been taken to protect the public from the adverse effects of asbestos.  Members of the SDA will continue to monitor the site to ensure that all asbestos is removed in a controlled manner and that it is contained prior to and during the removal so that no particles are released into the atmosphere.”,1] ); //–>
It is becoming clear now that no attempt was made to carry out a full survey to determine if there was any asbestos on the site before work commenced that could give rise to public health fears.  Under current legislation, it is the responsibility of employers to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment so as to determine what asbestos is or is liable to be present.  Further the employer has a duty not only to protect employees from exposure to asbestos but also to protect any other person who may be affected by the work activity.
If this is the case, then no work should have been carried out on the surface covering of the Water Tanks.  Before works commenced the asbestos should have been stripped off the roof covering of the Water Tanks.  Only then should the drilling for the geo technical survey have taken place.
The SDA hopes that before the asbestos is removed the extent and type will be determined.  Asbestos dust is highly toxic.  There are three types, white which represents a serious threat to health and blue or brown that is highly aggressive and very serious health risks.
The SDA does not feel that enough care has been taken to protect the public from the adverse effects of asbestos.  Members of the SDA will continue to monitor the site to ensure that all asbestos is removed in a controlled manner and that it is contained prior to and during the removal so that no particles are released into the atmosphere.
 
In an effort to allay fears that are being widely expressed by residents in the area the SDA is calling on the Government and OEM International Limited to disclose fully the extent of the problem and inform them on any plans to remove asbestos from\n the site before they are carried out.  This has become even more critical now that the Health and Safety Inspectors have informed SDA representatives, this morning, that they have been instructed not to disclose any information to members of the public verbally on this matter.  As from to day all queries regarding asbestos on the Rosia Tanks site must be put in writing to them.
 
The SDA is distressed and angry.  It means, in effect, that any person who has any fears for their health can no longer call in to request information on or be reassured as to the extent of the asbestos present, the type or the manner of its\n removal. 
 
This is seen as a clear signal, once again, that the Government is trying to obscure the whole affair.  In view of this the SDA has written to the Health & Safety Inspectors and sent copies to the Chief Minister\’s Office, His Excellency the Governor, the three MEPs who are supporting the campaign, the Chairman of the Development and Planning Commission and OEM International Limited, so that they are in no doubt that this matter is being monitored closely and that the SDA expects full disclosure promptly.
 

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In an effort to allay fears that are being widely expressed by residents in the area the SDA is calling on the Government and OEM International Limited to disclose fully the extent of the problem and inform them on any plans to remove asbestos from the site before they are carried out.  This has become even more critical now that the Health and Safety Inspectors have informed SDA representatives, this morning, that they have been instructed not to disclose any information to members of the public verbally on this matter.  As from to day all queries regarding asbestos on the Rosia Tanks site must be put in writing to them.
The SDA is distressed and angry.  It means, in effect, that any person who has any fears for their health can no longer call in to request information on or be reassured as to the extent of the asbestos present, the type or the manner of its removal. 
This is seen as a clear signal, once again, that the Government is trying to obscure the whole affair.  In view of this the SDA has written to the Health & Safety Inspectors and sent copies to the Chief Minister’s Office, His Excellency the Governor, the three MEPs who are supporting the campaign, the Chairman of the Development and Planning Commission and OEM International Limited, so that they are in no doubt that this matter is being monitored closely and that the SDA expects full disclosure promptly.

SOUTH DISTRICT ASSOCIATION

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