06:06 pm, Tuesday 31 July, 2012
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe reminded local employers to ensure that appropriate training is provided to workers who may come in contact with asbestos as part of their work.
Mr McCabe also confirmed that a new asbestos awareness training course has been developed in ACT.
“A new asbestos awareness training course has been developed here in the ACT as a result of the work of the ACT Construction Industry Training Council in conjunction with employer and worker representative bodies, local training organisations and local regulators. The course will enable employers to meet this requirement. Training of this nature must be provided to all workers in the construction industry,” said Mr McCabe.
An asbestos information awareness breakfast was held on Monday in Canberra to discuss the purpose of the new asbestos awareness training.
“Any worker in the ACT who may reasonably come into contact with asbestos as part of their work should be aware of where asbestos might be found in a workplace and how to identify it,” said Mr McCabe.
“A person in control of a business, such as an employer, has a duty to protect workers from all health and safety risks arising from their work. Undertaking this new four-hour asbestos awareness course is a great way for employers to ensure they comply with this requirement.
“It is important to remember that this training course is about asbestos awareness and is not designed to provide workers with the skills to work with or handle small amounts of asbestos, nor is this course for professionals who assess, remove or dispose of asbestos.
“Professionals who regularly deal with asbestos have other licensing and training requirements.
“I encourage all employers in industries with workers who may encounter asbestos to have their workers undertake the training course. This is one way to ensure that they are meeting their obligations under health and safety laws in this regard,” he said.