Unions have demanded TV renovation shows run viewer warnings about the dangers of asbestos or risk being reported to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
The Daily Telegraph reports Unions NSW last night passed a unanimous resolution demanding on-air warnings on the dangers of asbestos in each program they broadcast.
Secretary Mark Lennon said, “The tragedy of asbestos-related illness has touched far too many families and these DIY home renovation shows need to ensure they’re not unwittingly adding to the problem.”
Renovation shows are prominent on television lately with The Block, The Renovators, Top Design and Grand Designs on commercial television while Pay TV has several shows in the property and DIY genre including Selling Houses Australia and Grand Designs Australia.
Yesterday TV Tonight reported that a Renovators contestant, Kelly, 41, had criticised working methodology and production techniques on Facebook:
“As an asthmatic I choose not to broom concrete & asbestos dust into my lungs when I renovate. I use a vacuum. In this environment there is no control over dust & an expectation that you will work in it & then remove your mask to talk on camera,” he said.
But Shine Australia co-executive producer Tim Cobbins told The Daily Telegraph: “All our houses were professionally assessed, all asbestos was clearly noted and The Renovators had to include licensed asbestos removal in their plans and costs. Our rules state clearly that no contestant is to handle or remove asbestos.”