ASBESTOS

Airborne asbestos fibres may be inhaled into the lung where they can contribute to development of lung disease such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and other cancers.

In NSW, restrictions have been placed on asbestos usage through the work health and safety legislation, including the Asbestos Dust Regulation.

As much as possible the University has eliminated the use of asbestos materials in processes and projects.

Traditional asbestos uses has been substituted by safer, non-asbestos materials wherever possible. In the absence of substitute materials, special precautions have been taken, as required under the Worksafe Code of Practice on the Handling and Removal of Asbestos Products.

Campus Infrastructure Services (CIS) maintains and monitors a register of known locations of asbestos throughout University buildings.

Disposal

Building fabric - asbestos elements of building fabric (for buildings owned by the University) are the responsibility of Campus Infrastructure Services (CIS). Contact the CIS Service Desk for any building asbestos issues, including disposal of asbestos.

Items/appliances with asbestos content - items such as some ovens which contain asbestos are to be disposed of as asbestos waste (as separation of the asbestos may be prohibitively expensive). Safe disposal of these items is the responsibility of the department which owns them. Obtain details of suitable asbestos contractors from the CIS Service Desk.

Fire blankets of asbestos content are to be properly disposed of and replaced with glass fibre products. Items containing asbestos, such as gloves, mitts, mats and insulating materials for use in hot work, are to be replaced with ceramic fibre products.

Asbestos - pure asbestos and items such as asbestos mats may be disposed of as hazardous waste. The disposal of hazardous waste for the Camperdown, Darlington, Rozelle and Camden campuses is coordinated by Work Health & Safety Services.