Asbestos removal work completed at Ainslie shops

Released 16/10/2017

WorkSafe ACT can advise that work to remove loose fill asbestos insulation from Shop 1 at the Ainslie Shops complex is now complete.

Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said the works by Caylamax Demolitions had occurred safely, with a strong WorkSafe ACT inspector presence.

“There have been no safety incidents during these removal works and no abnormal air monitoring results,” he said.

“This has been a good result with Caylamax, WorkSafe and the shop owner also working to reduce disruption to other tenants and customers during the works.

“I’d like to thank tenants and the community for their patience while these important works took place.”

Mr Jones said the site had received clearance from a licensed asbestos assessor that the asbestos insulation had been removed and the area decontaminated.

The plastic encapsulation is being removed now that clearance of the site has been given.

Internal structural surfaces of Shop 1, including the roof framework, was sprayed with a hard-wearing bonding adhesive as an additional control measure until future demolition of the premise. An updated asbestos management plan will be prepared for the premise.

Similar remediation works are expected to occur to Shops 3 and 5 early in 2018.  Further detail will be provided when these works are arranged by the premise owner.

At this time the prohibition notice still remains on Shop 1 until further expert advice is received by WorkSafe ACT and the revised management plan is developed.

Edgar’s Inn is expected to open for normal trade this week and there continues to be no risk to customers or community.

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