Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency head says risk of exposure to asbestos is concerning
The head of the federal government’s asbestos eradication agency has advised parents of Newcastle East Public School students to list their children on the government’s asbestos exposure register as a precaution.
Peter Tighe said while it may seem like an extreme step, it would give students greater security if they developed symptoms related to asbestos exposure later in life.
The register was created seven years ago to record the details of people who believe they have been exposed to asbestos either in the workplace or the community.
“If parents are worried I think it would be wise to put their children on the register because it would provide a formal record of potential exposure.”
Detection of asbestos exposure in children is problematic given that it normally takes many years for symptoms to appear.
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