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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 4273..

Schedules of amendments

Schedule 1

Residential Property (Awareness of Asbestos) Amendment Bill 2004

Amendments moved by the Minister for Industrial Relations



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An Act to amend the Dangerous Substances Act 2004, and for other purposes


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1 Substantial medical and scientific evidence indicates that exposure to asbestos fibres significantly increases the risk of contracting cancer and other debilitating or fatal diseases, including asbestosis.

2 Measures have been taken to remove loose asbestos from ACT houses. Measures have also been taken to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure for school children and to tell builders about the risks associated with asbestos.

3 Asbestos products were commonly used in private and public buildings for fireproofing, soundproofing, decoration, thermal insulation and other purposes.

4 When asbestos products deteriorate or become loose, damaged, or friable, they release asbestos fibres into the air. This may result in exposure of people to potentially hazardous levels of asbestos.

5 It is vital for the health and safety of the public to identify the location and condition of asbestos products that may be a risk for the public in order to begin to remove or control asbestos as needed and to ensure that, when repairs or renovations are undertaken, any asbestos products present are properly handled.

6 The Legislative Assembly declares that it is the public policy of the Territory to ensure that the removal of asbestos, and any work in relation to asbestos, is done properly to safeguard public health and safety.


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1 Name of Act

This Act is the Dangerous Substances (Asbestos) Amendment Act 2004.

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