The safe management of the risks posed by the potential presence of asbestos in the electricity industry continues to be a high priority, acting Ausgrid CEO Trevor Armstrong has said.
“This includes taking all the appropriate steps to manage any asbestos-related risk that has been identified as requiring action,” Mr Armstrong said.
Mr Armstrong has written to the electrical union to respond to a number of issues raised about the management of the potential presence of asbestos on the electricity network. He said the matters raised by the union had been addressed throughout the past three years.
In the past 12 months, Ausgrid has audited 231 substations and conducted asbestos surveys of 944 network sites. More than 500 investigations of suspected asbestos materials has also resulted in 87 asbestos removals and 67 projects for asbestos remediation.
“We continue to remediate and remove asbestos from our network where it is identified and independent expert licensed assessors deem a risk to be present,” Mr Armstrong said.
“Asbestos that is present throughout the electricity network is strictly managed in accordance with WorkCover codes of practice and the Work Health and Safety Act.
“All our staff undergo asbestos training and follow safe work processes. Their safety will always be our highest priority.”