Dunedin workers were given a three-day training course in asbestos removal at the New Dunedin Hospital project offices this week.

Led by Fibresafe NZ, the local Tradestaff workers were given technical instruction, and were also taken to the former Cadbury factory to be given practical tutorials, as demolition crews continue to work on the ‘soft strip’ of the factory buildings.

This experience and the resulting qualification will be very important given the scope of work in the New Dunedin Hospital project reliant on the highly technical and safe removal of asbestos from some very old buildings.

This process of engagement and conducting targeted training, support, and opportunities for local workers will develop further with the New Dunedin Hospital project, especially as construction gets underway and a large workforce is required.

Fibresafe NZ Asbestos Surveyor and Assessor Mark Atkinson leads training in the New Dunedin Hospital Project Office

Students don full asbestos removal gear in a simulated environment training exercise

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