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Discounted asbestos training during National Asbestos Awareness Month

19 November 2013

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Master Builders is supporting National Asbestos Awareness month by offering a special discount on the Asbestos Worker Program during the month of November.

Master Builders Manager – Training & Licensing, Adam Profke, said the awareness campaign, which aims to alert people to the dangers of working with asbestos, is a timely reminder for the construction industry about the risks of asbestos removal without being properly trained.

“Anyone who deals with non-friable asbestos needs to be aware of the dangers of handling asbestos and ensuring that when they leave the job they have not contaminated themselves, their client’s premises, vehicle, workmates, or home and family,” Mr Profke said.

“In line with the current arrangements, Master Builders has rolled out a new training program to help Queensland workers meet their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and the Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos.

“All workers removing more than 10m² of non-friable asbestos are required to undertake this training. Workers who have undertaken previous asbestos removal training have until 31 December 2013 to upgrade to this national unit of competency, otherwise they cannot legally remove more than 10m² of non-friable asbestos.

“Any new workers to the industry are required to complete this training, prior to commencing asbestos removal work.

“There are a lot of licence holders in Queensland who will need to complete the training to continue working, and as a way of supporting and promoting National Asbestos Awareness month, we’re offering a special $50 discount for anyone completing the program during November.

"This special is in addition to the current discount Master Builders is offering for employers with multiple employees requiring the training.”

Master Builders two-day training program is available throughout Queensland. Participants gain knowledge of the hazards posed by the removal of non-friable asbestos and safe removal processes. As part of the course, participants also complete a General Safety Induction refresher to ensure that workers are safe and compliant with current regulations. Master Builders supplies all students with a Kit Bag valued at over $250 to ensure that they have the latest equipment to do the job right.

Funding opportunities, in partnership with Construction Skills Queensland, are also available and can save eligible participants up to $300.

More information is available on the Master Builders website.

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