No health threat from school asbestos: Quinns Rocks Primary principal

Quinns Rocks Primary School principal John Nowicki. d459900
Quinns Rocks Primary School principal John Nowicki. d459900

QUINNS Rocks Primary School principal John Nowicki has reassured parents that asbestos at the school does not pose a health threat to students.

Last week, the Times reported on concerns about the time taken to remove asbestos found in 10 WA schools, including Quinns Rocks.

In last week’s school newsletter, Mr Nowicki acknowledged the concerns and asked parents to take “a measured approach” in their responses to the story.

“There exists a no more emotive issue than the safety of your child,” he said.

“However, instead of a knee-jerk reaction, can I ask for a more measured approach, particularly in responding to an article in our local newspaper with respect to asbestos in our school.

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“Yes, we do have asbestos in the school.

“No, it does not pose a health threat to your children, our staff or members of the community. If you are still concerned, please come in for a chat so any of your concerns can be addressed.

“Since the mid ‘80s, when asbestos in schools was identified as a health risk, a remediation program has been implemented.

“Annual inspections of affected sites have endeavoured to ensure either removal or the sealing of materials to prevent the possible release of asbestos fibres.

“Ultimately, the elimination of all asbestos products from school sites is the desired outcome, but in the interim, minimising risk is a priority.”

Mr Nowicki said there was another official inspection on September 21 to ensure the data in the school’s asbestos management file was up-to-date.