Asbestos Register & Management Plans
Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) are likely to be present in many Australian workplaces.
These Asbestos materials may be obvious or hidden. The condition of the Asbestos can also be highly variable depending on its age, location and exposure.
Managers and owners of workplaces must assess whether Asbestos is present and if so they must maintain and make available an asbestos register along with a management plan.
To help you manage these obligations under National or State based occupational health and safety regulations Jim’s Building Inspections can:
- Inspect your workplace
- Identify and take samples to confirm the presence of ACM
- Create a register documenting the location, volume and condition of the ACM
- Physically label the locations of ACM
- Document a Management Plan
- Conduct recurrent inspections to help you monitor the condition of the Asbestos
Asbestos Registers and Management Plans must be held on site at the Workplace for the use of any trades, maintenance and utility service providers.
Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos is a serious issue for Australia and will continue to be so for many years.
Asbestos can be classified into two main types – ‘friable’ or ‘non-friable’.
Friable asbestos means any material that contains asbestos and is in the form of a powder or can be easily crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure when dry. Examples of friable asbestos include, but are not limited to, asbestos lagging, sprayed insulation, millboard, felt and woven asbestos matting.
Non-friable asbestos means any asbestos-containing material other than friable asbestos. Examples of non-friable asbestos include, but are not limited to, asbestos cement building products, vinyl floor tiles, friction materials, and any product where the asbestos is locked into the matrix.
In the past, workers at plants and factories that made asbestos products, workers at foundries, power plants, paper mills, refineries, and construction sites were exposed to asbestos. As a result, they were often the victims of these occupational diseases.
Jim’s Building Inspections works with the Asbestos Education Committee’s Asbestos Awareness campaign to assist homeowners and renovators to understand the risks and dangers of Asbestos.
We also work with a number of industry specific associations to improve awareness of Asbestos in the workplace.
For more information about the obligations of workplace owners and managers please refer to:
Or if you are located in Victoria or Western Australia please refer to your state based occupational health and safety agency.
Workplaces must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Acts and their related Regulations, in their State. Work safety authorities in each state have issued Compliance Codes to provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the OHS Act and Regulations, in particular persons with management control of workplaces.
These Codes generally advise on the responsibilities of workplace managers, including how to safely manage and arrange for the safe removal of asbestos in the workplace.
In particular these codes describe the Workplace Managers responsibility to:
- Identify where asbestos containing materials may be present in the workplace building
- Ensure only persons deemed competent under the regulations must conduct the asbestos identification
- Create and maintain a compliant Asbestos Register of all locations where Asbestos Containing Materials has been confirmed or is suspected to be present
- Make the Asbestos Register available to all employees and persons working in the building (ie subcontractors and trades)
- Treat any inaccessible areas, which would otherwise be excluded from the inspection, as potential Asbestos Containing Materials sites
- Adhere to the method and process for taking and analysing samples of suspected Asbestos Containing Materials
- Keep the Asbestos Register current documenting any occurrences like damage or works which have occurred in affected areas
- Indicate the presence of Asbestos Containing Material in the workplace by physically labeling the locations and other strategies
- Control the risks of the Asbestos Containing Material identified in the building by implementing recommended strategies from an Asbestos Management Plan
Further information about the requirements of Managers of Workplaces can be found at:
Jim’s Building Inspections Asbestos Register and Management Plan can be updated as part of programmed annual re-inspections offered by Jim’s Building Inspections.
For assistance to ensure you are meeting all your obligations under these Regulations call Jim’s Building Inspections on 131 546.
National Asbestos Exposure Register
The Government has created a register to record the details of members of the Australian community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials.
The National Asbestos Exposure Register is managed by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.
If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials you can register your details by completing the National asbestos exposure register form (go to – asbestossafety.gov.au/national-asbestos-exposure-register) and emailing it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or print and fax to: (02) 6204 2029.
The Workplace Asbestos Inspection Process
- Identification of building materials suspected to contain asbestos.
- Description of the condition of the suspected ACM.
- Identification of urgent and serious safety hazards.
- Recommendations regarding management and removal.
- If your inspection includes sampling, you will receive:
- record of locations
- Photographic information
- Lab analysis reports, a NATA-accredited laboratory.
- Once asbestos is identified in a workplace we have a number of other services, to help you comply with WHS obligations, including:
- Labelling of asbestos locations
- Creation of an asbestos register
- Creation of asbestos management plans
- Scheduled or recurrent condition inspections.
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