Asbestos management involves the identification, sampling, analysis and removal management of potentially asbestos containing products and substances. HSE Australia have expert knowledge of Asbestos Management and the regulatory framework in which it is managed. Asbestos Management is regulated under Work Health and Safety legislation in each state of Australia and the Commonwealth. Legislation places responsibility on a ‘persons conducting a business or undertaking’ and others in the workplace to ensure the legislative requirements of Asbestos Management is compliant. This is from Asbestos Containing Material identification, documentation (Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans), through to asbestos removal.
What is an Asbestos Management Plan?
An Asbestos Management Plan is a document that outlines how an organisation manages Asbestos in their workplace or property.The plan must include detailed information such as:
- where asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM) is or may be located
e.g. link to the Asbestos register.
- how asbestos will be managed, and the reason for those decisions
- a map or list of locations of asbestos warning signs and labels
- incident and emergency procedures, and who is responsible for enacting them
- training and responsibilities of those carrying out work involving asbestos.
Additional information that may be covered includes:
- risk assessment and control measures, and safe work procedures
- schedule of reviews and risk management actions
- maintenance records, including who conducted the maintenance, when it was completed, and the scope of work
- workplace risk notification and control measures
- a timetable of remediation steps
- staff training arrangements
- plan review procedures and timelines.
Implementing an Asbestos Management Plan
PCBUs must implement the Asbestos Management Plan as soon as it is developed and agreed upon. This includes training employees on the risks associated with asbestos exposure and ensuring they understand the procedures covered in the AMP.
The plan must be reviewed and readily accessible to workers at the site. It must be reviewed and as required revised at least every five years, and:
- whenever changes are made to the property or workplace
- when asbestos is disturbed, removed, sealed or enclosed
- on request of a health and safety representative
- the plan no longer adequately manages asbestos or ACM in the workplace.
List of common asbestos-containing products
Australia was once one of the highest users of Asbestos. There are more than 3000 products known to be ACMs.
Developing an Asbestos Management Plan
HSE Australia offers a wide range of asbestos management services such as Asbestos Audits, Asbestos Identification and Asbestos Sample Analysis
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