According to a recent report there are many workplaces in Tasmania, Australia, that are breaching safety regulations by failing to have any asbestos management plan in place. The results of a study have shown that around half of the area’s workplaces are in breach of regulations because of this issue.
The study revealed that more than forty percent of the workplaces that were studied by officials contained asbestos, which is a potentially deadly substance that can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including lung problems and even a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
Over three hundred workplaces were investigated by Unions Tasmania as part of the study. The study was performed as part of Asbestos Awareness Week, and officials said that the results of the research were frightening. The report added that around thirty eight percent of employers had not idea whether or not the building contained asbestos.
One official said that these regulations have been in effect for the last ten years, yet compliance with the regulations is very poor amongst the area’s employers.