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.
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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