Following a campaign that included radio, print and online advertisements, Victoria’s tradespeople are being educated about the risks associated with asbestos.
The campaign which began earlier this month aims to ensure tradespeople can clearly identify asbestos and avoid putting themselves and others at risk.
We are aware that inhaling asbestos over time can lead to mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the lining around the lungs. Asbestos exposure can also lead to lung cancer and another incurable disease – Asbestosis which scars the lungs and results in shortness of breath and coughing.
Australian tradespeople are particularly at risk as figures indicate. According to the Australian Mesothelioma Register, 60 per cent of cases are as a result of workplace exposure.
Tradies are reminded that buildings built before 1990 may still have asbestos containing materials in them, so if you’re involved in renovations, maintenance, refurbishment or demolition projects you may be at risk. See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/campaign-warns-tradies-dangers-asbestos/#.WniWo-clHQU