Asbestos Awareness Guide For Tradespeople Working On Residential Properties
With 1 in every 3 Australian homes containing asbestos, Tradies and handymen who work on domestic properties are more likely to come across asbestos every day of their working life so it’s vital they learn to identify and manage asbestos safely.
Even if you’ve worked with asbestos before and not been concerned about managing it safely, it’s time to TAKE THE WARNINGS SERIOUSLY and learn where asbestos might be located on the job and how to manage it safely!
Many tradespersons and workers including labourers and handymen can expect to encounter products made from asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in their day-to-day work. And while regulations on asbestos management can vary in each State and Territory, we have developed some guidelines to help Tradies and those working on domestic properties manage asbestos safely to minimise the risks to their health and the health of colleagues, families and bystanders.
There are multiple resources available to help Tradies learn about asbestos so they can manage it safely including:
- T1: 20 POINT ASBESTOS SAFETY CHECKLIST For Tradies Working On Residential Properties
- T2: A Tradie’s Guide To Safe Practices In Managing Asbestos In Residential Properties
- T3: A Tradesperson’s Guide to Asbestos Containing Materials in Domestic Properties
- FS4: Fact Sheet 4 PPE & RPE
- There are guides for 22 different trades from air conditioning installers to tilers.
- Asbestos Management Handbook For Commercial & Non-Residential Properties
- Asbestos Awareness Education Resource for Young Workers – a young tradies PowerPoint presentation about asbestos
- Toolbox Talks to help employers better inform workers of asbestos risks on the worksites
- Asbestos Awareness for Young Workers is an essential educational resource to help prevent the incidences of exposure to hazardous asbestos fibres that can lead to asbestos-related diseases.
Because many tradies work on commercial properties either maintaining, repairing or refurbishing them, we’ve also developed a suite of resources for the safe management of asbestos in commercial properties.
Lindsay Wall: The day before his 21st Birthday, Lindsay Wall began his apprenticeship as a fitter and turner. He was exposed to asbestos fibres in his day-to-day work. Tragically, Lindsay passed away from mesothelioma on 8 November 2019. He was only 65 years-old. Lindsay wanted to share his story with other tradies in the hope that they would take the warnings seriously and avoid any exposure to asbestos fibres that can kill.
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