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‘Flammable’ cladding to be removed from Fiona Stanley Hospital

Potentially flammable cladding has been found from Fiona Stanley Hospital, only days after work began to remove similar material at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

In a statement Health Department director general David Russell-Weisz confirmed that aluminium composite panel cladding had been detected at FSH and would be removed.

It was found during a State-wide safety audit of cladding by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, following the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London which killed 72 people.

The department is examining cladding from more than 100 buildings.

As part of the audit the Health Department had identified the need to undertake a preliminary fire risk assessment at the Fiona Stanley Hospital site.

The department said the assessment was received last week and identified ACP cladding across the site. Core samples of the ACP cladding were taken for laboratory testing to confirm their material type.

“Immediate action has been taken to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and patients within the hospital,” the statement said.

“FSH has comprehensive staff fire safety training and regular fire hydrant and evacuation testing as part of its normal business practice, however, the hospital is investigating additional safety measures to further mitigate any risk.”

The department said it would now look at replacement options.

“There is no requirement to relocate staff or patients,” it said.

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