Local Australian Government Announces New Measures to Protect Workers from Asbestos

New measures to help protect Tasmanian workers against asbestos were announced by The Workplace Relations Minister of the state of Tasmania David O’Byrne.

The government of the Australian state pledged $180,000 to The Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Unions Tasmania. It is dedicated o the goal of teaching workers about how to avoid asbestos exposure and the health risks associated with it.

“This Government is determined to help protect workers against asbestos exposure, and give them the confidence to go about their business knowing their health and livelihood is secure.” O’Byrne said in a press release.

“That means being aware and alert, and knowing what to look for. Education is absolutely central to that,” he said.

Although almost everyone gets exposed to some level of asbestos during their lifetime, it typically requires long-term asbestos exposure to cause the harmful health risks. This includes mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos fibers. The majority of people who become ill from asbestos have been exposed on a regular basis, most often because of their occupation and work history.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and believe you were exposed to asbestos at work, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options regarding a possible mesothelioma settlement, please contact one of our experienced asbestos lawyers.