The EPA is investigating an incident at Goodlife Gym at the corner of Portrush and Payneham Roads on 3 November 2017. Debris containing asbestos was discovered when a roof was cleaned with a high-pressure hose at the premises.
An EPA investigation team immediately went to inspect the site and we can advise you that the following actions have been undertaken:
- The site has been isolated and contained
- McMahons has been contracted to clean up the site
- Investigators are onsite to inspect the clean up
- Air monitoring equipment has been install and so no airborne asbestos has been detected
- Cleaning of the stormwater system is underway, including the gutters, downpipes and roof
The EPA had doorknocked nearby properties with the latest information:
The Authority is continuing to work with other agencies and a risk assessment is being undertaken.
I was at the gym or in its carpark last week, is there any health advice?
SA Health’s Public Health Service does not consider any likely public exposure to be a serious risk based on the information it has to date. The risk to health increases as the length of time and level of exposure increases. This was a short-term, sporadic event and is unlikely to have increased risk significantly.
What should I do with my car? Should I wash it? Should I leave it?
Washing the car is the safest way to remove any asbestos dust as this will dampen the dust and prevent fibres floating into the air and being inhaled.
Should I wash my clothes? What if I already washed them? What about my washing machine?
SA Health’s Public Health Service has advised that if present, any fibres will go into the water and down the drain, typically the washing machine will not be impacted.
What should I do if I walked across the car park which was covered in dust?
SA Health’s Public Health Service does not consider this to suggest an increased health risk. Incidental exposures at low levels of asbestos in this way does not increase risk to any meaningful extent.
Will my property be contaminated if I live nearby?
It is not likely that neighbouring properties are contaminated to a level of concern. The EPA is continuing to manage the incident and ensuring that clean up occurs safely and quickly and this will prevent any ongoing exposure. SA Health views offsite contamination with asbestos fibres low risk based on the information it has received to date.
What should I do if I work nearby?
There is no need to be concerned or anxious. Asbestos fibres have not been detected in air samples and any increase in fibre levels that may have occurred during the incident would have been low and only for a short duration.