Master Builders offer training in asbestos handling for renovators
IN a timely reminder during National Asbestos Awareness month, teacher turned builder and Master Builders member, Vanessa Norimi, offers some advice about asbestos awareness and tells of the peace of mind she gained from completing the Master Builders Asbestos Worker Program.
Ms Norimi, based in Rockhampton, says many of the houses she has worked in (including her own) have contained asbestos, highlighting to her the importance of following best practice when dealing with situations where asbestos may be found. ‘‘A few years ago, while working on a house renovation in Bundaberg, I spent two days sanding what I thought was simply lino off the floors. It turns out I was walking around in a cloud of asbestos, wearing only a paper mask, and didn’t even know it. This is a good example of why builders need to be properly trained in asbestos removal.’’