The RNA as an organisation, runs various shows and exhibitions throughout the year and none more significant than the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka), Queensland’s largest event, on behalf of the community for 10 days each year in August. Staged at its original birthplace, the Brisbane Showgrounds, the Ekka showcases its unique tradition and heritage by bringing the city and country together for a once a year get-together. On average 400,000 people gather to see thousands of exhibits, 10,000 animals, world-class entertainment and taste award-winning food and wine.

In order to ensure all events at the RNA Showground provide a safe environment for all visitors, the RNA as an organisation, are continuously committed to a robust Health & Safety ethos with regards to all possible risks, including the management of any remaining Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’S).

Over recent months and prior to this year’s EKKA, Safe Surveying Services were extremely pleased to be appointed as the preferred consultant to assist the Health & Safety management team at the RNA with the updating of their site Asbestos Containing Materials register. The extent of the re-inspection survey entailed a detailed review of the various buildings throughout the RNA complex in order to identify the location, condition and extent of any remaining and suspected ACM’S. Following the site inspection and subsequent analysis of the samples collected, the extent of the services provided by Safe Surveying Services included for the provision of an up to date Asbestos Containing Materials register and in turn a project specific Asbestos Management Plan (AMP).

During the site survey, the team from Safe Surveying Services were provided with a rare insight as to the overall background of the RNA Showgrounds, including the history of the site, how the use of the buildings have evolved and also the extent of work provided by the RNA team to ensure shows such as the EKKA, can be successfully organised year after year.