The demolition of the former Saint Lucia Fire Service Building on Jeremie Street, Castries has been completed.
Earlier this year, the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) said it took precautionary measures at the project site, which included the hoarding and prohibition of parking in preparation for the commencement of demolition works.
Subsequent to the above, the Authority said it also conducted several stakeholder engagements with business owners on Jeremie Street, various government officials including Ministry of Health, vendors, taxi drivers and other stakeholders to discuss the demolition plans.
According to a release, the Authority said, in ensuring that the demolition exercise is carried out in keeping with the highest international standards, had engaged the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to assist in determining potential hazards, providing protocols for the removal of any hazardous material and to provide necessary training for the personnel who will be involved in the exercise.
SLASPA said it had contracted the services of a consultant who specializes in the demolition of buildings and removal of hazardous material.
Part of the consultant’s responsibility includes the provision of advice and guidance on best practices for the extraction and disposal of any harmful material for the duration of the demolition exercise.
On Thursday, May 7, 2015 training was conducted by CARPHA and the consultant for the contractor’s and SLASPA employees involved in the demolition exercise.
Twenty-three persons attended the half-day session which included presentations concerning asbestos, its dangers and potential health risks.
The attendees also benefited from demonstrations in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and on the removal and discarding of asbestos.