Cottage Mulch purchased at Stonehenge Beltana, Pialligo ACT

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Safety Notice regarding Cottage Mulch purchased at Stonehenge Beltana, Pialligo ACT

Background

Mulch was supplied to Stonehenge Beltana, Pialligo ACT, by a wholesaler who purchased it from the same supplier that has been implicated in supplying bonded asbestos contaminated mulch across Sydney.

Stonehenge Beltana received confirmation of a positive test received from WorkSafe ACT 4.52pm Tuesday 20 February 2024.

WorkSafe ACT prohibition notice was received 5.31pm Tuesday 20 February 2024.

It should be assumed that all sales of Cottage Mulch during the notifiable period may be contaminated with asbestos. As of Wednesday 21st February this is the only known product in the ACT to be affected by this notice.

WorkSafe ACT is responding quickly to the situation to protect the health and safety of all Canberrans. This does not relate to the loose fill (friable) asbestos contained in Mr Fluffy homes, which poses a far greater health risk compared to bonded asbestos which is mixed with cement or resin to keep the fibres in place.

Notifiable time period:

Affects purchases of Cottage Mulch between 1 March 2023 – 19 February 2024.

What you should do if you know if you have purchased Cottage Mulch

If you suspect or know for a fact that you have bought Cottage Mulch from Stonehenge Beltana at Pialligo in the notifiable time period, please immediately:
• Do not disturb or try and remove it.
• Isolate it so far as possible.

And then:

Contact WorkSafe ACT on WorkSafe_Asbestos@worksafe.act.gov.au

What you should do if you are unsure about the type of mulch or the timing of your purchase

Contact WorkSafe ACT on WorkSafe_Asbestos@worksafe.act.gov.au

What else is Stonehenge Beltana doing to rectify any current or ongoing concerns by its customers

Whilst Stonehenge Beltana cannot safely identify and remediate asbestos contaminated mulch for individual customers, we are working closely with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and WorkSafe ACT to minimise any risks.

We have sectioned off the affected Cottage Mulch until it can be removed safely.

We are notifying all customers and currently testing for any possible cross contamination in line with safe and responsible business practices.

Stonehenge Beltana is committed to our customers’ health and safety and Pialligo continues to welcome customers safely.

More information can be found on the WorkSafe ACT website HERE or by visiting www.worksafeact.gov.au

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