This week, Australia celebrates Asbestos Awareness Week (25-29 November) and with estimates of over 30,000 Australians being diagnosed with Mesothelioma over the next 20 years, it serves as a stark reminder that this almost ubiquitous substance is still very much a part of the health and safety scene in Australia.

The annual event focuses on the dangers of asbestos management and removal.

Asbestos was used widely prior to 1990, yet its effects are still being felt now, with on average, 650 Australians a year being diagnosed with asbestos related diseases.

While asbestos is no longer used as a material on construction sites, it is vital that construction workers are aware of the dangers of asbestos. Many construction sites are renovations in nature and therefore have a very high chance of exposing workers to products or materials that contain asbestos.

For most construction workers, their first contact with information regarding asbestos safety is delivered in the white card training, illustrating why this short course is so important for maintaining the health and safety of Australian construction workers.

Follow the below link for plenty of helpful information regarding asbestos in your state.