Asbestos is New Zealand’s number one workplace killer with with around 170 people dying each year from asbestos-related diseases. 67% of all cases reported to the national asbestos register are tradespeople.
Before drilling, sanding, sawing or knocking down walls, every tradesperson – no matter how experienced – should learn what to look for and how to work safely around asbestos.
There have been some significant changes to the asbestos regulations, so it is also important that every tradesperson or business owner understands their obligations and the changes to the law to avoid facing heavy penalties.
As part of Asbestos Awareness Week The A Factor are running a free education event and expo at Sky City in Auckland where you can get advice and information, asbestos management and awareness training. They will also have a range of resources available on our their website www.theafactor.co.nz to help tradespeople increase their knowledge of asbestos containing materials and avoid putting their health at risk. For more information or to register, go to www.theafactor.co.nz.
Always consider the ‘A’ factor – Get Asbestos Aware.