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Josephine Has Clean Bill of Health

Josephine Has Clean Bill of Health

Dunedin (Monday, 3 December) - Toitū Otago Settlers Museum staff identified possible asbestos on the well-loved locomotive Josephine as they began its refurbishment and moved quickly to resolve any risk.

Asbestos was traditionally used as heat insulation in the fire box on locomotives and the fire box on Josephine has been cleaned and sealed in accordance with the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and poses no risk to the public.

Museum staff liaised with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment when the asbestos was found, and the Ministry has approved the measures taken to ensure staff, contractor and public safety.

This work is now complete and there is no risk of asbestos exposure when visiting the Museum.

Linda Wigley, Director of Toitū Otago Settlers Museum says it is an indication of the diligence of the staff and contractors who have been working on the construction of the new Museum.

“The asbestos had remained undiscovered and in situ for many decades and it was due to the keen eye of one of our staff that it was noted at all. We are really pleased that it has been discovered so we can make doubly sure that it poses absolutely no risk either to my staff or to the public.”
Josephine is now being given a fresh new coat of paint in time for the opening on Saturday 8 December.


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