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11784 - ASBESTOS IN MONA VALE HOSPITAL

Hazzard, Brad to the Deputy Premier, and Minister for Health

How does the Minister justify asbestos still being in Mona Vale Hospital facilities?

Answer -

I am advised:

Asbestos was a common building product in the 1960s when Mona Vale Hospital was first constructed and still exists in the general community today. 

Asbestos management is a high priority for Mona Vale Hospital management and the control and containment is managed in accordance with legislative requirements.

Regular reviews are undertaken and a major asbestos audit for Mona Vale Hospital was conducted in July 2010 providing recommendations including air monitoring requirements. Priority areas for asbestos removal have been identified and a progressive removal strategy is being undertaken. 

Ongoing safety measures are being undertaken by the Area Health Service to ensure the wellbeing of staff, patients and visitors at Mona Vale Hospital. 

Question asked on 23 September 2010 (session 54-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 225
Answer received on 28 October 2010 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 233