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If you discover or disturb what you think could be asbestos:

  • Stop work immediately.
  • Evacuate the area and keep everyone out.
  • Report to your supervisor.
  • Wait for further instruction from your supervisor.

If asbestos (or what you think could be asbestos) is released into the air, it is important to:

  • Ensure the contamination is not spread to other areas.
  • Ensure that you and others do not breathe in the asbestos fibres.
  • Ensure that the problem is reported and the contamination is cleaned up.

Some sites will have an emergency procedure in place for circumstances when there is an accidental release of asbestos. This will be covered at induction and it is important to follow the procedures.