The construction union has called for mandatory national training training on asbestos for apprentices and tradies following the release of a study that showed that most tradespeople cannot identify asbestos in the workplace.
The study, conducted by Curtin University researchers found that three out of four tradespeople cannot identify asbestos in the workplace.
According to CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan, tradespeople are still at a great risk of exposure to asbestos because it remains in buildings and is still illegally imported. There is a lack of awareness which needs to be addressed, Noonan said, calling for national, mandatory training for all apprentices.
Currently all apprentices and tradies must undergo mandatory general construction induction safety training but the CFMEU wants mandatory asbestos safety training introduced.