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Reported incident sample testing

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If an incident occurs in a department-owned facility where confirmed or assumed asbestos-containing material (ACM) has been disturbed in a method not consistent with legislative requirements, any staff, students and visitors must immediately vacate the room or area and follow departmental procedures.

Access to any area should be restricted until it can be assessed by a competent person who will then advise on recommended remedial actions, including where required, sample testing and a thorough professional clean to ensure the area is safe for reoccupation. The area remains restricted until it has been cleared for reuse by the competent person.

Each month, a list will be available detailing schools and dates that have been tested for asbestos-contaminated dust following a reported incident, as confirmed by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Where a dust sample test confirms the presence of asbestos, the location of the confirmed sample test is included in the list.

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Last updated 29 July 2019