Fresh food and Asbestos People

barrymcdonald 21 November 2010 27

Woolies asbestos

Keep the Woolworths machine rolling!

Don’t worry about the staff!

Don’t worry about the customers!

Hack up that Asbestos filled flooring and get it finished QUICK!!!

Mesothelioma is over rated anyway……

asbestos in woolworths


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peterepete peterepete 9:34 pm 06 Dec 10

With any luck the shedload of asbestos found in Molonglo is the same kind of non-asbestos as this stuff

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 9:15 am 01 Dec 10

Yep – quick call Workcover – there is work happening and they will ensure that it stops…..

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:39 pm 30 Nov 10

I have been alerted and I am alarmed!

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 2:07 pm 30 Nov 10

TVStar said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Anyone called Workcover?

Just forwarded it…

And their response was?

electus electus 1:40 pm 30 Nov 10

This needs to be put on file with the CEO office at Woolworths for future reference.

electus electus 9:11 am 27 Nov 10

Crikey, I hope I didn’t buy any weetbix from this Woolies store, as it will now be covered with asbestos fibres. Imagine how many other shoppers have done the same!!

JC JC 6:30 pm 22 Nov 10

Sturmovik said :

The fact there is the thick black sheeting hanging up, and a roll of it off to the side, leads me to believe its the real deal. And of course theres the bags.
None of which is available off the at say, a supermarket, so you have to know where to get it, and you wouldnt use it for just general rubbish as its not as cheap as say, something off the supermarket shelf.
Id be calling Workcover, they will have a field day with this.

The black sheeting could also to be stop normal non asbestos dust flying around the place too.

TVStar TVStar 10:02 am 22 Nov 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Anyone called Workcover?

Just forwarded it…

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 9:07 am 22 Nov 10

Anyone called Workcover?

Thumper Thumper 8:38 am 22 Nov 10

Mmmm, the crunchy goodness of fresh asbestos.

We are, we are…

Clown Killer Clown Killer 6:18 am 22 Nov 10

Any building built before around 1988 is highly likely to have asbestos in it – commercial buildings, private homes, offices, the lot. If you live in a house built before 1988 that has a laundry or a bathroom there’ll be asbestos sheet on the walls and the floor (beneath the tiles).

In it’s sheet form it’s basically harmless unless you go cutting it with power tools. Even breaking it up like it’s been done here isn’t really an issue as it’s airbourne fibres (in large quantities)that do the damage and breaking it up wont produce significant quantities of those.

Sturmovik Sturmovik 11:43 pm 21 Nov 10

The fact there is the thick black sheeting hanging up, and a roll of it off to the side, leads me to believe its the real deal. And of course theres the bags.
None of which is available off the at say, a supermarket, so you have to know where to get it, and you wouldnt use it for just general rubbish as its not as cheap as say, something off the supermarket shelf.
Id be calling Workcover, they will have a field day with this.

PantsMan PantsMan 10:27 pm 21 Nov 10

Jethro said :

Waiting For Godot said :

I would suggest that these bags are being used to cover the contractors and Woolworths if any legal claims are made. Like Mr Evil (#5) I seriously doubt whether the material is asbestos. If it was there would be a full-scale HAZMAT operation in progress with full body suits and all the other paraphernalia. It reminds me of when I worked in Treasury in the 1980s. There were large paper bags with “Classified Waste” printed on them. People used to put private correspondence and other memos into the bags knowing the material would be burned and have no chance of resurfacing.

Didn’t everyone at treasury get a day off earlier this year because they thought they found asbestos??

Yep, part of the building occupied by Finance though. Plenty more accountants out there lol.

Seriously, the problem is solved: they put stickers on the skirting boards saying: Warning – Asbestos.

bd84 bd84 8:23 pm 21 Nov 10

Given that the flooring looks like it’s in a newly refurbished store, I would think it would be extremely unlikely that the flooring would have any asbestos in it.

The contractors are probably just idiots who didn’t think before using the bags.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 7:41 pm 21 Nov 10

Kinda sucks if you’re the one in whatever number and it was preventable though doesn’t it?
I’d feel less hysterical or whatever you want to call it if there was more evidence of an intelligent approach. If it might be asbestos it should be tested. If it is, it should be removed with greater caution than the photo would seem to indicate. If it isn’t, it shouldn’t be going in those bags and cluttering up landfill reserved for hazardous materials. If someone has made the decision to use those bags to cover themselves legally just in case, without actually doing what needs to be done physically, that’s a reprehensible attitude. If someone has decided to use those bags because they happened to be handy and the implications are not understood, that’s mind-bogglingly ignorant and inconsiderate. Are our ancestors really chimps, or goldfish with a memory span that doesn’t allow for learning from past mistakes?

JC JC 7:33 pm 21 Nov 10

I have enough faith in our regulations to trust that these people know what they are doing, and if it was dangerous they would be talking extra precautions.

As for Coles Belco that was mentioned above, even though it was built in the late 70’s so more than likely had asbestos flooring, the shop has been refurbished a few times since then so one would think the asbestos flooring has long since gone. Same too with Woolworths in Belco.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 4:22 pm 21 Nov 10

The material might well contain asbestos, but if it is bound up in the structure and cannot float free, it’s not a danger. Asbestos is something that needs to be monitored and treated with respect however in almost all circumstances casual exposure to asbestos related products does not contain undue risk. If it did, the entire generation of baby boomers will be in trouble, as brake pads used to contain asbestos, and any trip to a busy shopping centre would have resulted in more exposure than anyone today will face in their lifetime.

Hysteria is a known trait of our species, when we finally ditch that carryover from our chimp type ancestry we can perhaps claim we have actually evolved.

Jethro Jethro 1:51 pm 21 Nov 10

Waiting For Godot said :

I would suggest that these bags are being used to cover the contractors and Woolworths if any legal claims are made. Like Mr Evil (#5) I seriously doubt whether the material is asbestos. If it was there would be a full-scale HAZMAT operation in progress with full body suits and all the other paraphernalia. It reminds me of when I worked in Treasury in the 1980s. There were large paper bags with “Classified Waste” printed on them. People used to put private correspondence and other memos into the bags knowing the material would be burned and have no chance of resurfacing.

Didn’t everyone at treasury get a day off earlier this year because they thought they found asbestos??

Chaz Chaz 1:33 pm 21 Nov 10

nothing gets in the way of making another all mighty dollar.

the world can’t operate without greed

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 12:18 pm 21 Nov 10

I would suggest that these bags are being used to cover the contractors and Woolworths if any legal claims are made. Like Mr Evil (#5) I seriously doubt whether the material is asbestos. If it was there would be a full-scale HAZMAT operation in progress with full body suits and all the other paraphernalia. It reminds me of when I worked in Treasury in the 1980s. There were large paper bags with “Classified Waste” printed on them. People used to put private correspondence and other memos into the bags knowing the material would be burned and have no chance of resurfacing.

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