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Lords roof replacement

nullLords was temporarily closed for asbestos removal and roof replacement as well as upgrades to flooring, air conditioning and the car park from March to December 2014.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s been happening at Lords?
On 25 March 2014, the council of the City of Subiaco voted unanimously to remove all asbestos and replace affected parts of the roof and walls at Lords Recreation Centre. The decision came after the centre was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure following the detection of asbestos fibres during maintenance work.

The roof replacement is now complete, and a full internal clean of the facility has been carried out by licensed asbestos removalists, Safeway. Validation of the cleaning process has also been completed by independent environmental consultants SERS.

Tape swap testing and air monitoring has been undertaken throughout the facility. The results collected have been confirmed  as to having no residual traces of asbestos. The results of the airborne asbestos fibre monitoring have also remained within acceptable levels.

There is a small controlled section of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) remaining in the building. The material is encased in concrete that was poured during construction of the building and cannot be easily removed. While independent environmental consultants have  assessed the material as safe in situ, the city has nevertheless implemented a more rigorous control measure to allay any public concerns.

Check out the project timeline in the table below.

Date Task Status
16 June Site establishment, internal cleaning and preparation for building works Completed
11 July  East end building works:
  • removal of all asbestos cement sheets
  • installation of new roof and wall panels
West end building works:
  • removal of all asbestos cement sheets
  • installation of new roof and wall panels

Completed
October Final clean and environmental inspection, air conditioning and car park upgrades begin Completed
November Prepare for reopening Completed
December  Reopening Completed

Where was the asbestos located?
As with many buildings built in the 1950s, corrugated asbestos cement sheeting was used in the construction of the building. In 2004, one third of the asbestos cement sheets were removed and replaced. The 2014 works saw the removal of the rest of the sheets from the roof and walls as well as some non-structural elements (e.g. switchboards and valve gaskets).

Who conducted the work?
The contract was awarded to Safeway Building & Renovations Pty Ltd, a licensed asbestos removalist and building contractor. Safeway has extensive experience and has successfully completed similar projects in the area including refurbishments at Subiaco PCYC, Rosalie Primary School and Hollywood Primary School.

What public safety measures were put in place?
Safety was our highest priority for this project.

All works were conducted in accordance with legislative criteria administered by WorkSafe. The contractor (Safeway) liaised with WorkSafe prior to and during the project.

The site was fully fenced and access was restricted to authorised personnel.

Was air monitoring be conducted?
Yes. Independent air quality expert Site Environmental and Remediation Services (SERS) monitored the works to ensure all control measures meet legislative criteria and standards.

Download the Dust and Air Quality Management Plan as well as weekly air monitoring results in the air monitoring section below. 

How was the asbestos removed?
The asbestos cement sheets were disposed of in accordance with Department of Environment Regulation standards. The sheets were wrapped in plastic before they were brought down from the roof.

How do you know that all of the asbestos is gone?
The entire facility (roof to floor) including all loose and fixed equipment was thoroughly cleaned to ensure any residual asbestos presence was removed from the centre prior to reopening.

Verification of the asbestos removal and cleaning was undertaken by the independent consultant (SERS) by a combination of air monitoring, visual inspections throughout the works and extensive sampling of the centre. 

How can I find out more information?
You can subscribe to the Lords e-newsletter by emailing your contact details to lords@subiaco.wa.gov.au or by visiting the Lords website.

If you have any questions about the building works or the temporary closure of Lords, please contact Melissa Johnson, Coordinator Sport and Programs, on 9237 9222.

Air monitoring

Clearance and validation report – 24 December 2014

All external asbestos sheeting has been removed from the site and replaced, and independent environmental consultants SERS, have verified that the external air monitoring equipment can be removed.  All levels recorded externally throughout the building works have been well below the recommended code of practice standards.

Download the Clearance and Validation Report (PDF, 8.3MB). 

Dust and Air Quality Management Plan

Download the Dust and Air Quality Management Plan (PDF, 3.7MB) prepared by independent air quality expert Site Environmental and Remediation Services (SERS) prior to works. 

Air monitoring update – Friday 10 October 2014

All external asbestos sheeting has been removed from the site and replaced, and independent environmental consultants, SERS, have verified that the external air monitoring equipment can be removed.  All levels recorded externally throughout the building works have been well below the recommended code of practice standards.

Weekly report – updated 26 September 2014

Weekly dust and air monitoring results can be downloaded below:

Test results – 29 March 2014

At the request of the City of Subiaco, Site Environmental & Remediation Services Pty Ltd (SERS) has undertaken airborne asbestos fibre monitoring and tape swab sampling at Lords recreation centre.

As stated in section six of the report, all of the air monitoring results were reported as less than 0.01 fibres per millilitre, consistent with normal background concentrations and considered satisfactory in accordance with current national Safe Work guidelines.

These results are ten times lower than the occupational criteria of 0.1 fibres per millilitre as outlined in the Adopted National Exposure Standards for Atmospheric Contaminants in the Occupational Environment [NOHSC:1003(1995)].

SERS is NATA accredited and the monitoring was conducted in accordance with the Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Fibres 2nd Edition [NOHSC:3003(2005)].

City of Subiaco CEO Stephen Tindale said: "These results are very encouraging and should provide comfort and reassurance to Lords members, users and staff who are concerned about exposure to asbestos.

“The advice that we have received is that asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that only poses a serious risk to health when a significant number of airborne fibres are inhaled. I am greatly relieved that the independent expert has provided these facts which we can share with the Lords community and our broader stakeholder groups.

“The results of these tests indicate that it would be safe to reopen Lords however council’s decision to bring forward to the removal of all asbestos and replace the roof will eliminate any ongoing concerns about the safety of the centre.”

In addition to the airborne testing, 54 tape swab samples of surface dust were taken from elevated, undisturbed surfaces (three to six metres from the floor surface) throughout the building. While eighteen samples returned positive results for the detection of asbestos fibres, the presence of fibres in dust is not in itself an indication of health risk.

The locations of these samples were in non-accessible areas within the roofline of the recreation centre and are highly unlikely to be disturbed by the users or employees of the facility through daily activities.

The Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC: 2018 (2005)] clearly states that air monitoring, not settled dust sampling, is the appropriate methodology for determining health risk. 

Download the full SERS report – Asbestos Consultancy Services, Lords Recreation Centre, 29 March 2014 (PDF, 2.7MB).

For general information about asbestos exposure, download Asbestos: A guide for householders and the general public from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing’s website.

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