SHAPE donates $10k to boost asbestos education

SHAPE Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of Australians by donating $10,000 to Advocacy Australia’s Asbestos Education Committee. This generous contribution will support the National Asbestos Awareness Campaign, now in its 12th year, aimed at educating the public about the ongoing risks associated with asbestos exposure.

The National Asbestos Awareness Campaign leads the charge in raising awareness about the hidden dangers of asbestos, particularly in homes built before 1990 and many commercial properties constructed prior to 2004. Each year, over 4,000 Australians lose their lives due to asbestos-related diseases resulting from exposure to hazardous fibres during renovations, demolition, or maintenance.

Clare Collins, Chair of Advocacy Australia and the Asbestos Education Committee emphasised the importance of SHAPE’s support, stating, “Advocacy Australia and the Asbestos Education Committee can continue our focus on educating homeowners, renovators, property managers and tradies about asbestos risks to help save lives thanks to the generous support of SHAPE.

“With the deadly fibre used in the manufacture of over 3000 Australian building and decorator products that still lurk in residential, commercial and non-residential properties, SHAPE’s contribution to the national Asbestos Awareness Campaign will play a significant role in ensuring those likely to come into contact with asbestos have access to the extensive volume of information available at asbestosawareness.com.au,” Clare said.

Each year, over 4,000 Australians lose their lives due to asbestos-related diseases resulting from exposure to hazardous fibres during renovations, demolition, or maintenance.

Peter Marix-Evans, CEO at SHAPE, said, “SHAPE is delighted to support Advocacy Australia’s Asbestos Education Committee in their valuable work in increasing awareness of asbestos hazards nationally.

“SHAPE’s values are very much focused on contributing to the community and promoting safety and wellbeing. The National Asbestos Awareness Campaign provides SHAPE with the opportunity to be part of an essential community service with the capacity to significantly limit the impact legacy asbestos has on a wide range of Australians, including homeowners, tradies, and families.”

Homeowners, renovators, tradies and commercial construction companies are encouraged to visit asbestosawareness.com.au, Australia’s leading and most trusted source of comprehensive asbestos information.

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