From: Defence Media
Sent: Fri 3/07/2015 12:43 PM

Defence response to Mr Fluffy home insulation

On 1 July 2015 the ACT Government Asbestos Response Taskforce released a register of residential addresses in the ACT affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation (also known as Mr Fluffy insulation).

Current and former Defence personnel who resided in Canberra in the 1970s and 1980s may be concerned the home they occupied during this time was insulated with loose fill asbestos.

Current and former Defence personnel who suspect they may have been exposed to asbestos as a result of their employment with Defence can participate by calling 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) and asking to be put through to the Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Scheme (DAEES), or by visiting http://www.defence.gov.au/dpe/ohsc/programs/Asbestos/.

Anyone who believes they may have lived in a Canberra home containing loose fill asbestos is encouraged to read the information available on the Asbestos Response Taskforce website.

The Taskforce has a process that enables former tenants and home owners to establish if a property they resided in contained loose-fill asbestos and was part of a removal program.

The ACT Government recently passed legislation that provides for a register of the addresses of affected residential premises to be made publicly available.

The register will enable legislative and regulatory requirements, such as the mandating of asbestos management plans for these properties, attachment of new planning permissions and the capacity to break residential tenancies to take place.

More information is available on the ACT Government Asbestos Response Taskforce website at: http://www.asbestostaskforce.act.gov.au.


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