Labor fails to act on banned asbestos tiles

28 Mar 2010 10:49 AMJann Stuckey

28 March 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland must act immediately to stop the distribution and sale of asbestos contaminated tiles already banned in other states, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works Jann Stuckey said natural stone tiles recently imported from China and distributed through suppliers across NSW, Victoria and Queensland had been found to contain tremolite asbestos, a prohibited hazardous substance and known carcinogen.

“On February 15 the ACCC issued a safety warning about the importation of Chinese natural stone tiles which have been found to contain Tremolite asbestos,” Ms Stuckey said.

“WorkCover NSW has already issued a warning about these tremolite tiles, issuing instructions on how to dispose of them, as has ACT Workcover.

“In stark contrast Workplace Health and Safety Queensland have been silent on this potentially hazardous situation for Queensland suppliers and consumers.”

Ms Stuckey said Bligh and Labor had once again failed to act while other states moved swiftly to have the tiles withdrawn and dealt with appropriately as hazardous material.

“This makes a mockery of Minister Schwarten’s constant claims that this government takes asbestos seriously,” she said.

“If these tiles have been distributed in Queensland, suppliers and consumers should be given fair warning they may be out there and given appropriate information on how to dispose of them.”
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