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Asbestos Management Plan

Your individual Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) to manage the health and safety risks associated with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in your workplace. 

Work health and safety regulations require a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU), workplace management and facility owners to protect employees and visitors from asbestos risk. An AMP is a ‘must have’ if asbestos is at the facility. It should be incorporated into an organisation’s safety program, documented as an AMP. It is to ensure that asbestos is appropriately managed to mitigate risk.

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Asbestos Management

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

List of some common asbestos-containing products


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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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where do you find Asbestos in the workplace?

Asbestos was used extensively in the construction industry until 2003 when it was banned in Australia. Asbestos and asbestos-containing materials can be found in buildings and plant built prior to 2004. Within the built environment there are numerous locations and types of asbestos containing material products. These must be docemented in an Asbestos Register.

What is Asbestos?

To put it simply, it is a rock forming silicate. The most common silicate is quartz. However, Asbestos is special because it is not solid but consists of fibres. These fibres, once disturbed or broken down can become a health hazard.

Which Safety (WHS) regulations cover Asbestos at work?

WHS regulations for Asbestos mangement are similar across Australian states and territories. Details of the WHS Regulator for your state or territory can be found at Safe Work Australia. The Model Code of Practice: How to Manage Asbestos in the Workplace covers requirements for assessing and minimising asbestos risk.

Is an Asbestos Register required?

An Asbestos Register is required for workplaces built before 2004; this would incorporate buildings, structures and items of plant and equipment at the workplace or if asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time. The Asbestos Register formerly documents the location, type, and condition of the Asbestos Containing material. HSE Australia have conducted thousands of assessment audits of buildings and are experts at the audit process. The asbestos register document must be accessible to those at the workplace who carry out work at the property. Asbestos Registers must be reviewed and kept up to date.

When is an Asbestos Management Plan required?

An Asbestos Management Plan forms part of your asbestos management strategy. It is required if asbestos or ACM is assumed to be present or when identified and assessed through an Asbestos Survey or Hazardous Substances Audit.

See “Asbestos Identification” for more details.

How do I develop an Asbestos Management Plan?

An Asbestos Management Plan should be completed as part of an Asbestos Audit conducted by a competent asbestos assessor. Your AMP complements an Asbestos Register, so the first step is identifying all asbestos-containing materials in your property or structure and drafting an Asbestos Register. Once ACMs have been identified and included in an Asbestos Register, the items or situations need to be risk assessed to determine which ACMs need to be actively managed, sealed or safely left in place and managed.

How do I write an Asbestos Management Plan?

Asbestos Management Plans are specific to individual workplaces and facilities. Minimum information required includes the reference to the Asbestos Register, how ACM will be managed at the site, who will manage asbestos, incident and emergency procedures and relevant staff training and responsibilities. Contact HSE Australia’s Asbestos Management Team if you have questions regarding an Asbestos Management Plan.

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