Asbestos detected on stock at Harvey Norman warehouse

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ACCESS Canberra is currently investigating asbestos contamination at a Harvey Norman warehouse in Fyshwick after asbestos containing material was found present at the site on Sunday (June 25). 

WorkSafe ACT was informed of the possible asbestos contamination on Saturday and issued a Prohibition Notice on the site that day.  

The asbestos contimination could be because of upgrade works to the ceiling space, which resulted in parts of the panels becoming friable.

The licensed asbestos assessor has detected friable asbestos (not loose fill) contaminating material on stock and stock covering such as boxes in the warehouse as well as the floor areas. It is possible stock may have been impacted over the past few months with the timeline being determined.

Access Canberra is working with Harvey Norman both at the Fyshwick warehouse and its corporate office to remediate the site and investigate how this occurred.

Harvey Norman will be contacting customers who may have purchased stock over the impacted period and is working with licensed asbestos assessors and removalists on the management of remaining stock. 

Customers with questions or concerns should contact Harvey Norman on 1800 572011or via fyshwick.enquiries@au.harveynorman.com

General information on asbestos and health can be found here: health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/Fact%20sheets/Asbestos%20fact%20sheet%20%28October%202014%29.pdf

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