Master Builders training and licensing manager Adam Profke said asbestos was an industry-wide problem.
Master Builders training and licensing manager Adam Profke said asbestos was an industry-wide problem. CLaudia Baxter

Asbestos warning: Do the training before doing the reno

AS RENOVATING becomes more popular, so too does the potential for exposure to the deadly material asbestos and the reason why Master Builders has introduced extra asbestos training courses in Rockhampton.

Master Builders training and licensing manager Adam Profke said asbestos was an industry-wide problem.

"Given that asbestos is potentially in any building constructed prior to 2003, it is important that anyone working on renovating a home is trained in knowing how to identify and safely deal with asbestos," Mr Profke said.

"Asbestos is a potential killer so I can't think of a better reason to avoid DIY and to hire a trained professional."

Funding from Construction Skills Queensland means the September courses are only $20 - a saving of $145.

The course will explain how to identify asbestos, where to find it and how to prepare for removal.

To be eligible for the extra funding, students must be currently working in the building and construction industry. The Rockhampton course is on September 21 at 8am-noon or 1-5pm.


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