Signs on Island ferry warning of asbestos

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Whole new meaning to "Do Not Disturb" signs

These signs on the Spray, one of the Islands ferries, have made some passengers worry about exposure to asbestos.

Several readers/ passengers have asked the Digby County Courier about signs on the Spray, one of the spare ferries for the Islands, now in service.

The signs warn of possible asbestos in wallboards of the ship.

“Please do not disturb wallboard as it may contain asbestos,” read the plain white signs with black print.

John Majchrowicz, manager of Marine Services for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says no one has anything to worry about as long as they don’t scratch or poke or cut into the wallboard.

“We underwent an asbestos abatement process,” said John Majchrowicz, manager of Marine Services for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We know the walls contain asbestos but it is all sealed. It can’t hurt anyone unless it is disturbed.

“We don’t anyone to scratch their name into the wallboard or poke a hole into it.”

The provincial Department of Labour asked for the signs after an inspection.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Marine Services, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Digby County Courier Department of Labour

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