Asbestos testing helps CQ stay safe after Cyclone Marcia

TESTING, TESTING: Jhon Quinones testing for asbestos after TC Marcia.
TESTING, TESTING: Jhon Quinones testing for asbestos after TC Marcia. Allan Reinikka Rokaasbesto

WATCHING Cyclone Marcia unfold from the Gold Coast, Kerrin Carlson just wanted to lend a hand.

And when Marcia tore through she unearthed a hidden danger which Kerrin's company could help identify.

Kerrin, the sales and training manager of Yatala-based company Octief, said they hoped to make things easier for Central Queensland clean up crews handling potentially deadly asbestos.

Octief have established an asbestos laboratory and hygiene service in Rockhampton's former Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry building.

Kerrin said they would provide same-day verbal results for samples of suspect material.

She said previously, samples had to be sent to Brisbane via courier, hampering any clean up effort.

"By setting up here we're able to keep the momentum and clean up going, work isn't stopped for hours on end while they're waiting for results to come back," Kerrin said.

Octief will also offer air monitoring for those removing asbestos from buildings.

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