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Asbestos Awareness Week Sunday 24 – Saturday 30 November 2019

18 October 2019

This Asbestos Awareness Week (24-30 November), we’re asking all Queenslanders to learn how to work safely with asbestos.

Before the dangers were known, thousands of asbestos-containing materials were used in domestic and commercial buildings, vehicles and plant including electrical switchboards and meters. As a rule, properties built or renovated before 1990 are likely to contain asbestos materials. 

If you’re not sure if a building contains asbestos, it’s best to always play it safe and take the right precautions before starting any work.

When asbestos products are disturbed, broken, sanded or cut harmful asbestos fibres are released into the air, putting the health of yourself and others at risk. This includes using high pressure water on asbestos roofs, fences and walls.

We have a wide range of resources available, including guides and films, to help everyone from licensed asbestos removalists and professional tradespeople, to home renovators work safely with asbestos.


Apprentice safety sessions

Are you a trade apprentice or supervising one?

These free asbestos safety sessions are aimed at apprentices and supervising tradespeople to build their knowledge of how to check for and safely handle asbestos-containing products. Come along to hear from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s Asbestos Unit, and Safety Advocates Julie and Don Sager who have experienced firsthand the devastating consequences of asbestos exposure.

Breakfast will be provided.

Register today - places are limited!

Location Date and time Venue and address Register now
Townsville Tuesday 19 November 2019
Pimlico TAFE Campus E Block, Corner Hugh Street and Fulham Road, Pimlico View map Register now
Acacia Ridge Thursday 21 November 2019
Acacia Ridge TAFE Campus E Block, 247 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge View map Register now
Bracken Ridge Tuesday 26 November 2019
Bracken Ridge TAFE Campus, C Block, 157 Norris Road, Bracken Ridge View map Register now
Rockhampton Tuesday 3 December 2019
Rockhampton Leagues Club, Cambridge Street, Rockhampton View map Register now
Toowoomba Thursday 5 December 2019
Toowoomba TAFE Campus A Block, 100 Bridge Street, Toowoomba View map Register now


7.00am Registration and breakfast
7.30am MC welcome
7.35am Film – Losing Breath – The Adam Sager Story

Julie and Don Sager – WHSQ Safety Advocates

The Sager’s lost their son Adam to an asbestos related disease when he was 25 because he was unknowingly exposed to fibres during home renovations when he was 18 months old.

8.15am WHSQ – Asbestos safety
8.45am Q and A
9.00am Event close

*Program subject to change

Healthy Lungs Forum

Exposure to occupational lung diseases can be prevented with the right controls.

Join us for the Healthy Lungs Forum as we explore how and why we must protect workers, particularly those in the asbestos removal, stonemasonry, construction and manufacturing industries, from exposure to occupational lung diseases.

With a strong focus on asbestos and silica, the program features a diverse mix of industry and safety regulator presentations, case studies and a panel discussion covering:

  • health risks associated with exposure to occupational lung disease contaminants
  • hazard identification and practicable control measures
  • the importance of health monitoring and selection of the right dust and fibre controls, including personal protective equipment
  • workplace obligations and compliance with legislative duties
  • strategies to influence safety behaviours and practices in the workplace.

You will also go into the draw to win a powered air purifying respirator, valued at over $1,900!

Secure your ticket before 25 October 2019 to take advantage of our early bird offer!

The early bird price is $100 (including GST) per ticket. After 25 October 2019, a standard ticket price of $150 (including GST) will apply.

View the program and book your ticket now!

Email safe [at] for more information on Asbestos Awareness Week 2019.