Survey looks into asbestos in Coffs schools

COFFS Coast parents will soon know if their children are being exposed to potentially deadly asbestos, with the completion of a Government survey of public schools

The Department of Education and Training (DET) conducted the survey to establish an Asbestos Register, which identifies the existence and location of known or presumed asbestos-containing materials in schools.

DET director-general Michael Coutts-Trotter said some schools were constructed decades ago using asbestos-containing materials in the roof, floors and walls, or asbestos in insulation and ceilings. “The register will ensure that contractors working on our sites will know where they are likely to encounter asbestos-containing materials and can therefore take the necessary precautions,” Mr Coutts-Trotter said.

“Where our survey has found material that has been disturbed or is not in sound condition, we have identified an appropriate project and timeframe to address this.”

Mr Coutts-Trotter said the majority of priority works had already been completed in some locations, and larger projects would be completed during this year's vacation period.

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