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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 2043..


(3) How has WorkSafe ACT responded to each of these recommendations.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) I am advised that WorkSafe ACT has only located three Ombudsman's investigations affecting WorkSafe ACT since 1 January 2010. Two related to asbestos and are included in the response to question on notice 2175 and one related to high risk plant. In regard to the approach by the one complainant regarding high risk plant, the Ombudsman made no recommendations and was "reasonably satisfied in the circumstances that the Agency has now resolved his complaint".

(2) Refer to answer (1).

(3) Refer to answer (1).

Asbestos—management (Question No 2175)

Ms Bresnan asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 22 March 2012:

(1) Which laws currently govern the handling and removal of asbestos in a residential setting.

(2) Which code of practice currently applies to the handling and removal of asbestos in a residential setting.

(3) Which code of practice applied to the handling and removal of asbestos in a residential setting prior to the enactment of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

(4) How many recommendations has the Ombudsman made to WorkSafe or the Government regarding processes or laws relating to the handling of asbestos in a residential setting.

(5) What were each of the recommendations referred to in part (4) and how did WorkSafe or the Government respond to each recommendation.

(6) How many recommendations has the Ombudsman made to WorkSafe or the Government regarding processes or laws relating to asbestos in any context.

(7) What were each of the recommendations referred to in part (6) and how did WorkSafe or the Government respond to each recommendation.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) All of the information relating to the laws that govern the handling of asbestos can be found at the ACT Government web-site on Asbestos, which is: www.asbestos.act.gov.au.

(2) The code of practice which currently applies is the National Occupational Health and Safety Code of Practice for the Safe Removal Of Asbestos 2nd Edition, which was adopted in 2006.


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