GETEX Director Lee McAlister-Smiley and GETEX consultant Shane Waterson have just completed a four month project involving the surveying of over 240 Queensland Health buildings for asbestos and the formulation of an electronic asbestos register.
The asbestos survey involved buildings within the cyclone ravaged areas of Innisfail, Babinda and Tully, the City of Cairns, the Torres Strait Islands, Weipa District, Cape York Aboriginal communities and Atherton Tablelands.
“Getex were an integral part in assisting Queensland Health's Northern Area Health Service Districts in meeting its statutory obligations as an employer, with respect to asbestos materials in the workplace,” commented Tony Hardwick, Manager, Far North Engineering Hub.
The asbestos survey included large hospital facilities, medical centres and accommodation buildings. The large scale coupled with the remoteness of some of the facilities required careful planning and detailed structuring of the survey program as often flights in and out of the communities could be weeks apart.
“The weather did begin to unsettle the asbestos survey program as we had to suspend surveying of some of the outer Torres Strait islands due to Cyclone Monica causing chaos in the gulf,” commented Getex Director Lee McAlister-Smiley.
“The cyclone did provide some unique photo opportunities,” commented GETEX consultant Shane Waterson.
The electronic asbestos register produced was designed to allow easy updating of the asbestos register as identified asbestos materials were removed or treated. The electronic asbestos register also provided the medium by which a maintenance schedule can be easily prepared by running standard queries on the electronic asbestos register.
“The electronic asbestos register has provided Queensland Health Districts in the Northern Area Health Service the tool which it needs to structure the asbestos removal program for the years to come. The electronic asbestos register allows an up-to-date register to be provided without the cumbersome and time consuming procedures of a strictly paper based system,” commented Tony Hardwick, Manager, Far North Engineering Hub.
Throughout the asbestos survey project the survey team did find time to take in some of the amazing scenery and enjoy some of the quality fishing in far north Queensland.