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Asbestos Awareness Week 23-29 November 2020

9 November 2020

Asbestos Awareness Week was held on 23-29 November this year. Our focus for 2020 was showing householders and tradies where they could find asbestos in homes and what they need to do, to stay safe.

In 1990 more than 3000 products containing asbestos were used in the construction of residential homes. If your property was built or renovated before 1990, it is likely to contain asbestos-containing products.

Asbestos products in good condition are not a risk, but if they are disturbed, broken, sanded, blasted with high pressure water or cut, they can become harmful. This is when asbestos fibres are released into the air, putting the health of yourself and others at risk. Remember, you cannot see asbestos fibres as they are invisible to the naked eye, but they are still dangerous.

Check out these resources on how to work safely with asbestos for licensed asbestos removalists, professional tradespeople and DIY home renovators.


Asbestos safety session

Watch the recording of our Asbestos safety session held on 24 November 2020.

Session program

7am MC welcome

Chris Bombolas

7.05am Losing a son to mesothelioma

Don and Julie Sager, Safety Advocates

7.15am Common uses and locations of asbestos

Stephen Dutka, Principal Advisor (Asbestos), Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

7.25am Examining the impact asbestos can have on a self-employed business owner

Dustin Carroll, Principal Advisor (Asbestos), Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

7.35am Help your business meet its responsibilities when working with asbestos

Peter McGarry, Director (Asbestos), Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

7.45m Q&A panel session

Julie and Don Sager, Stephen Dutka, Dustin Carroll and Peter McGarry


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