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Charges have been filed against the NSW Education Department following an asbestos scandal at Castle Hill High School in Sydney. Staff members reported breathing dust from ceilings for years, and samples taken confirmed the presence of asbestos, a deadly material. SafeWork NSW confirmed the charges, alleging breaches of the Work Health Safety Act from April 2015 to October 2018 regarding asbestos issues at the school.

The Education Department emphasized that the safety, health, and wellbeing of students and staff are their highest priorities. The court proceedings were confirmed, highlighting the ongoing cooperation with SafeWork NSW and consultation with independent experts to manage and remediate asbestos in schools.

Multiple teachers had raised concerns about asbestos at the school, with tests revealing hazardous types of asbestos present. SafeWork NSW launched an investigation to determine the potential long-term exposure risks to students and teachers. The revelations have sparked outrage among parents and led to a state parliamentary inquiry to address the situation.

The Education Department assured that they are providing support to students, families, and staff during this period, offering necessary information and practical support, including counseling services if needed. The safety of students and staff at Castle Hill High School remains a top priority as efforts are made to ensure a safe learning and working environment for all.


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Article Title: SafeWork NSW prosecutes Education Department over Castle Hill High School asbestos scandal
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