Telstra announces NBN asbestos requirements

June 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

The requirements are based on an internal Telstra review after adverse publicity surrounding contractors not properly dealing with asbestos in Telstra pits being prepared for the NBN.

A number of incidents brought to Telstra’s attention of possible non-compliance by its contractors with asbestos handling guidelines. Telstra says it has identified that each key contractor has specific areas for improvement in their processes to manage subcontractors. Contractors have been advised that the relevant improvements are mandatory before any return to work. Telstra said in a statement that it expects its contractors to comply with their agreements, otherwise they will not remain key suppliers to Telstra.