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Asbestos removal nears end

Shalveen Chand
Friday, February 12, 2010

MAJOR refurbishment are almost complete on buildings identified by the Occupational Health and Safety department as containing asbestos.

Several buildings at the Fiji School of Medicine and the University of the South Pacific as well as the Nausori Market were picked up by the OHS department over asbestos content.

The department suspected the asbestos could have been part of construction methods used in buildings constructed the in 1950s and 1960s.

Both the USP and FSM have completed refurbishment work, some of which was conducted specifically to remove the asbestos.

Work on FSM's Hoodless House has just finished.

USP property manager Adish Naidu confirmed there had been asbestos in some USP buildings but that all had been removed by January 8 this year.

"The last of the asbestos removal work finished on January 8. The last building was the Faculty of Business," said Mr Naidu.

The Nausori Town Council's asbestos removal works were expected to be complete some time this week. Asbestos was also found in the Suva Market and at the Nadi Airport earlier, all of which was removed.

In 1984, the import of raw amphibole (blue and brown) asbestos into New Zealand was banned. In 2002 the import of chrysotile (white) asbestos was banned.


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