Multiple employees at a Tasmanian Council were exposed to asbestos fibres during the course of their employment at a Tasmanian Council during October. It’s a timely reminder for all Tasmanian workers about what to do should you come into contact with asbestos.
In the first instance it is important that you register your exposure via the National Asbestos Exposure Register. If you believe you have ever come into contact with asbestos fibres you should visit https://www.asbestossafety.gov.au/national-asbestos-exposure-register to register yourself or contact your ASU Organiser if you need assistance with registering. The information you provide to the register may be used later to assist any claim for compensation you make if you develop an asbestos-related disease in the future as a result of this incident.
If you have been exposed to asbestos it is important that you speak to your doctor and have a record made of your exposure on your medical file. The risks associated with a single exposure to asbestos are hard to quantify and the length of time until symptoms of an issue present themselves are generally between 15 and 30 years after exposure. If, in the future, you develop a chronic cough, chest pain or shortness of breath, get in to see your GP and remind them about your exposure to asbestos. These may be the first signs of an issue arising from your exposure.
Please contact the ASU if asbestos is ever found on your worksites so we can ensure that your employer takes all necessary steps to ensure the safety of you and your colleagues. This is not a product to become complacent with.