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UN HQ staff fret about asbestos

MANY workers at the United Nations headquarters worry about security risks and exposure to toxic asbestos during the upcoming renovation of the 60-year-old New York skyscraper, its staff union chief said on Thursday.

The US$2 billion renovation project is intended to make the 40-story building along Manhattan's East River safer, more comfortable and greener.

During the renovation, expected to take several years, UN employees, contractors and accredited media representatives will be moved to temporary office spaces inside or near the UN complex.

Stephen Kisambira, president of the UN staff union, held a rare news conference at UN headquarters to voice staff concerns. "Asbestos abatement is a serious issue," he said. "The risk is there ... They are saying that nothing can go wrong. How can they be sure?"

Removal of the cancer-causing flame-retardant asbestos lining the ceiling tiles of the UN building is one of the most sensitive aspects of the renovation.

The project's manager, New York architect Michael Adlerstein, has assured UN staff that there is nothing to worry about: "There are very stringent requirements for asbestos procedures, and those will be followed by the contractors."


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