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Month: August 2021

Steeltoes & Stilettos tradies saving lives

Following our recent announcement that WA is the first state with mandatory asbestos training for those entering the building and construction industry, we are thrilled to announce that funds raised by the tradies at last years Steeltoes & Stilettos have been used to develop an augmented reality module to compliment this training.

Our annual Steeltoes & Stilettos event brings the risk of asbestos to the big stage when tradies are dobbed in and sponsored to walk the catwalk with a model. Last November, the red carpet was rolled out at the Hyatt Regency Perth where 250 people cheered on tradies who bravely strut their stuff for the cause.

“Asbestos remains a hidden danger on any site built or renovated prior to 1990, and with the average age of exposure being 23, it is important that trainees entering the building and construction industry are made aware of the ongoing risk. This education is empowering those most at risk to make potentially life-saving decisions.”

Jo Morris, Reflections co-founder and Director.

“I would personally like to thank everyone involved in Steeltoes, particularly companies such as ANZ Enviro, Steel Blue, ABN Group, Keystart, WA Assett and WA Project & Commercial Waterproofing and the awesome tradies who took it for the team. Without your support this initiative would not have been possible.”

Jo Morris

We look forward to continuing to reduce the impact of asbestos on the community through events such as Steeltoes & Stilettos. Keep an eye out for the big announcement as to when and where the runway will next light up! If you’re interested in partnering with us, do not hesitate to reach out now to maximise your potential brand exposure.

If you provide training or undertake site inductions, contact us for access to the interactive AR module which includes an assessment component.

Feel free to contact Jo Morris direct at jomo@reflections.org.au

WA leading the way in asbestos training

WA is leading the way by being the first state to introduce mandatory asbestos awareness training. 

In partnership with the Construction Training Fund (CTF) and the Western Australian building industry, Reflections is pleased to announce that WA recently introduced a core unit into the Cert II, Pathways to Building and Construction.  

“WA is leading the way in protecting young tradies when it comes to the handling of the deadly material, asbestos. Cancer, such as mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos has plagued Australians, but a new program is hoping to wipe it out for the next generation.”

Channel 7

This Channel 7 exclusive tells of the new initiative ensuring trainees entering the construction industry are made aware of the ongoing risk of asbestos exposure.

In May 2018, we shared the news that we initiated a review of the curriculum, leading to a workshop hosted by the Construction Training Fund (CTF) where Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and industry stakeholders agreed to adopt a consistent approach to training around asbestos awareness. As a result, resources were made available to RTO’s.

Reviewing the uptake of the resources later that year, it became apparent that the best way to ensure trainees are given adequate training, was to embed a core unit into the curriculum. In an article with The West, CTF’s Director Skills Development, Rob Berryman talks about the outcome and importance of this initiative…

“My father was the apprentice carpenter who didn’t know about the risk of asbestos and paid the ultimate price,” says Jo Morris. “It became even more personal when my son started a pre-apprenticeship in electrotechnology, and I realised that trainees were not being given enough information around the risk of asbestos.

Knowledge is power! By empowering the next generation of tradies, we are reducing the impact on future generations.”

We look forward to the next step… working with the other states and stakeholders to embed asbestos awareness training into the Certificate III across all affected industries.