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Asbestos Awareness Week 19-25 November 2016

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It's a great opportunity for us to make sure you know where asbestos materials can be found in your home before you start work on a renovation project, and to show you what to do before you to disturb it.

To officially launch the week, Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace will join Channel 7's House Rules winners Luke and Cody Cook at Reddacliff Place, George Street, Brisbane on 22 November at 11.30am. Luke and Cody will share their experiences of renovating in Queensland and how to safely manage asbestos.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's safety advocates, Don and Julie Sager, will share the story of how not understanding asbestos risks led to the death of their son, Adam. As well, there will be demonstrations of how you can work safely with asbestos and avoid the risks.

Asbestos Awareness Week activities across Queensland to help raise awareness about asbestos include:

EventDateLocation
Bunnings information displays 9am-12pm, 19 November 2016
  • Cannon Hill
  • Carseldine
  • Stafford
  • Burleigh Waters
  • Rockhampton
  • Townsville Central
Asbestos Awareness Week launch 11.30am 22 November 2016 Reddacliff Place, George Street, Brisbane City
Construction Training Centre (CTC) Safety Series Industry Breakfast 7am-9am, 23 November 2016 The Construction Training Centre, Building 3/4, 460-492 Beaudesert Road, Salisbury. Register now
Asbestos ecumenical service – run by the Asbestos Disease Support Society 25 November 2016 St Stephen's Cathedral, 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Councils show your support and host an event

Councils are encouraged to support Asbestos Awareness Week by hosting their own event. To list your event or to request resources please email safe@oir.qld.gov.au or call 1300 362 128.

Other ways to get involved

Show your support and get involved in Asbestos Awareness Week by:

  • Safety advocates Don and Julie Sager may be able to visit your workplace to discuss the loss of their son to an asbestos-related disease. Adam Sager as a toddler was unknowingly exposed to asbestos debris while his parents renovated their home.
  • Download and read our resources, or watch Trevor Gillmeister's 'Dear Dad' film about his own experiences with lose from asbestos.
  • Request an asbestos information pack for your business or workplace.

Email safe@justice.qld.gov.au for more information.

Abestos Awareness Ambassador
Asbestos Awareness Ambassador, Trevor Gillmeister
Safety Advocates - Don and Julie Sager
Safety Advocates, Don and Julie Sager

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