WA leading the way in ASBESTOS training!August 2021
WA is leading the way by being the first state to introduce mandatory asbestos awareness training.
In partnership with the Construction Training Fund (CTF), 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,” says Channel 7.
This Channel 7 exclusive tells of the new initiative ensuring trainees entering the building and 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 personal when my son started a pre-apprenticeship and I realised that these young people were not being given enough information around the risk of asbestos.”
“By empowering trainees with knowledge and awareness, 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 IV across all affected industries.