Fisher Shops newsagent closed due to possible asbestos contamination

Released 04/12/2017

WorkSafe ACT has issued a Prohibition Notice on the newsagent located at the Fisher Shops this afternoon due to possible asbestos contamination.

The shop has been closed with asbestos testing currently underway by a licensed asbestos assessor. The outcome of the testing is not expected to be known until Monday, with the shop closed as a precaution.

Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said the risk to the community was very low and WorkSafe has taken precautionary action.

“At this time it appears refurbishment works at the premise has resulted in some flooring being removed which may contain asbestos,” Mr Jones said.

“WorkSafe was informed by a member of the community, who we understand may have a construction or trades background, that the material which had been removed may contain asbestos backing.

“WorkSafe ACT responded by closing the shop and seeking the advice of a licensed asbestos assessor on the materials.

“I would like to assure the community that the risk of exposure is very low and these actions have been taken as a precaution.”

Any remediation works required at the site will be undertaken by a licensed asbestos assessor and removalist.

Only the newsagent at the complex is affected by this issue. A further update will be provided when the outcome of the testing is known.

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