Mas­ter Builders of­fer train­ing in as­bestos han­dling for renovators

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.’’

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