7 January 2008

Asbestos at GDHS ?

| lemaChet
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I went for a little trip yesterday afternoon to take some photos of the housing development land being cleared old Ginninderra District Highschool building being torn down.

While traipsing along the fence line (as my partner rightly pointed out it was dangerous to go into abandoned buildings) I discovered some tape tied to the fence.

Warning of Asbestos.

I’d just be so glad, if I went there, to know. Mind you, my high school probably was full of the shit too.

Then i continued around to the back.

And there’s big piles on pallets, wrapped in black plastic, labeled “Asbestos, do not breath dust”

I’d feel even more comfortable knowing that stuff was within 150 metres of my backyard. (lots of houses near by)

Isn’t it nice of the Govt to warn people near by more effectively ?

(Pictures this afternoon when I have got them off the camera)

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Of course the High School had Asbestos in it, why else would they pull it down piece by piece instead of giving all those who suffered their high school years there the pleasure of watching it being imploded?

As other have said nothing too wrong with it and more or less everything around will have been built with the same stuff. In fact remember a few years back there was a campaign think it had Don Bourke advising home owners of their responsibility to warn trades people of the possible risks of absestos in their own home? You will find it as lining in wet areas and under eves in places like houses now days. The real danger years ago (actually when I was going to GHS) was the loose insulation made from the stuff.

Anything built in Holt will have asbestos given that it was built circa 1973-75.

perfectly harmless unless you smash it up and breath in the dust.

I just live down the road from there!! So do this mean that all the schools that have been closed (as my daughters was last year) and eventually pulled down shall have asbetos as well? Sheesh this government, don’t get me started!!

Asbestos is only dangerous when in dust form.

An intact sheet of asbestos is as harmful to you as the nails holding it in.

Drive a nail into your head = bad.

Sheet of asbestos smashed up and turned into dust, then breathed in = bad.

Lots of the stuff in the old CSIRO buildings on the mountain, too…I remember the Melrose HS hall being shut for several months while they removed the old asbestos.

your right anything pre 1988 has it.

But then I used to play in a bag of blue asbestos lagging we had in the garage at home when I was a child and I am still alive but I do get a bad cough sometimes..

Crikey. I only went there for 4 years. Nice to know indeed!

Although, I have no doubt there was. I mean asbestos is in a lot of ex-govvy houses and anything built 20+ years ago.

Pretty freaky to see signs like that though!

In all likelihood it’s in the form of sheeting which is perfectly safe until you start smashing it up. The tape and warning signs are probably excessively paranoid as it is – the only risk would be to people who climbed the fence and started breaking up the sheets. And frankly, they’d deserve anything they got.

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