Lisa Chambers (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will provide a copy of the results of the air-quality test that was carried out in the Main Technical Stores, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel and adjoining office complex on the 9 February 2017 by an external assessor. [16892/17]
Paul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
The Occupational Air Survey Report referred to by the Deputy was forwarded to the Military Authorities on 28th March 2017 by the external assessor.
The monitoring found that none of the areas tested exceeded the Occupational Exposure Limits outlined in the 2016 Code of Practice for the Safety, Health and Welfare (Chemical Agents) Regulations, 2001.
In line with the recommendations of the report, I am informed by the Military Authorities that;
1. All personnel working in the Technical Stores building were paraded and informed of the content of the report and its findings.
2. The report is currently available for viewing by all personnel at the Air Corps Health and Safety Office.
3. In due course the report will be published on the Defence Forces Intranet site.
It is good news that none of the tested areas of Main Technical Stores at Baldonnel have exceeded the Occupational Exposure Limits outlined in the 2016 Code of Practice for the Safety, Health and Welfare (Chemical Agents) Regulations, 2001.
It is disappointing however that Minister Paul Kehoe has not shared any details for the Air Quality report including the exact locations tested nor the actual results.
If there is nothing to hide, please publish the report in full on the Department of Defence website.