Funding may solve asbestos problem
A SIGN erected on an office block at the Coffs Harbour Police Station warns the building contains asbestos; however, the hazard might not pose a problem for much longer – if the city is granted funding next month for a new Justice Centre.
The building has been one of 460 police facilities identified in a state-wide hazardous material report.
After calls from the Police Association for WorkCover to investigate the threat this week, the force's top brass say adequate safety measures are in place.
Superintendent Darryl Tuck of the Police Properties Group has dismissed union claims, saying the asbestos in the building poses a “low risk” to the highway patrol and target action group officers who work out of the building.
“Areas where there is fibro material containing asbestos are clearly identified by appropriate signage,” Supt. Tuck said.
Northern Region union executive member, Coffs Clarence detective Tony King disagrees, saying there's a moral and legal obligation to address the problem under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
“The Police Association has demanded that WorkCover launch an immediate investigation into this incident with a view to laying charges …,” Det. King said.
The issue has been less significant, since the government has indicated possible funding for a new complex.