Union calls for police health test
THE QUEENSLAND Police Service and the union are negotiating whether all staff at the Yeppoon police station should be tested for health problems caused by mould.
LNP candidate for Keppel Bruce Young and Shadow Police Minister John-Paul Langbroek met at the station on Monday to "see government regulation at its worst".
Mr Young revealed the station had waited 18 months for repairs to its air-conditioning system, which had caused mould to form in the building and affected the health of one staff member.
The Bully has been told a staff member has taken leave periodically and cannot enter the building without a face mask.
Queensland Police Union state secretary Mick Barnes is calling on staff to have blood tests.
"They (staff) are certainly concerned in relation to their health and wellbeing," he said.
"There is a regime of testing that we are hoping will be made available to staff ... to establish the baseline for any medical issues."
Mr Young said it was "disgraceful" that police had been forced to wait so long for something as simple and essential as air-conditioning repair.
"This incident highlights everything that is broken in our government and our police and our community deserve better," he said.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said repairs and cleaning of the air-conditioning duct were completed on February 17 and remedial works and testing would be done in the coming weeks.