It was unknown whether safe work practices were being followed in Australia, especially among workers with high potential risk of exposure, such as construction and maintenance workers. This led Safe Work Australia to commission the Asbestos Exposure and Compliance Study of Construction and Maintenance Workers. The study targeted four trades: electricians, carpenters, plumbers and painters. The study was completed in 2009 and a descriptive research report was published in February 2010.
The present report is a follow up report of the initial descriptive report from the Asbestos Exposure and Compliance Study (the Asbestos Study). The aims of this report are:
- to conduct a brief literature review of worker safety behaviour models to provide background information on factors influencing worker safety behaviours
- to examine which factors influenced workers’ understanding of the risk of asbestos, and
- to examine which factors influenced compliance with safe work practices when working with asbestos containing materials (ACMs).