9 May 2013

Investigation into asbestos risk at hospital

10:56 am on 9 May 2013

An investigation is underway at Christchurch hospital into whether patients, staff and workers have been exposed to white asbestos.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment began the investigation after receiving a complaint from industrial abseiler workers about possible exposure.

The hospital roof was being repaired when asbestos was uncovered.

Chemsafety, a chemical risk management firm, tested the roof's bitumen and confirmed high levels of white asbestos.

The investigation is expected to take several months.