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While the use of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003, given the widespread use of asbestos in the past there remains a large number of asbestos containing materials (ACMs), with construction and maintenance workers most likely to be involved in work tasks that may disturb ACMs.

The aim of study was to determine construction and maintenance workers level of awareness of risks of exposure to asbestos; current levels of compliance with requirements for working with ACMs; barriers to compliance and measuring the current level of exposure to asbestos in certain activities.

It was found that, while a high level of awareness and confidence of construction and maintenance workers’ to be able to protect themselves from asbestos, this awareness and confidence was not matched by putting the necessary safety precautions in place.

The current framework of information and guidance on asbestos has not been sufficient to provide knowledge on how to safely work with ACMs and further awareness campaign should be conducted; increased awareness of requirements and roles of asbestos registers and increased awareness on improving skills in identifying ACMs for safe work practices.

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