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Asbestos removal at State House

Solomone Rabulu And Mere Naleba
Monday, December 18, 2017

A TEAM from the Ministry of Labour is removing materials that contain asbestos at the State House.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Labour, Jone Usamate.

Mr Usamate said materials containing asbestos from the old Nausori Market had also been successfully removed under great supervision and the focus now was on clearing asbestos from the State House which the President, Jioji Konrote, occupies.

"I understand that the asbestos have been removed under great supervision from the Nausori Market," said Mr Usamate.

"We had the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Unit that had the requirements in place. We also had the Nausori Town Council to gather consultants and help the team remove the asbestos from the place."

Asbestos are bundles of fibre that are used by construction companies to strengthen cement and plastics as well as for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption.

However, asbestos have been classified as a cancer-causing substance that has been banned in several countries around the world.

Studies have shown that people exposed to asbestos may have an increased risk of developing lung cancer and a cancer of the thin membrane that lines the chest and the abdomen known as mesothelioma.

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