Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Management Programs

Asbestos is a hazardous material that poses a risk to health by inhalation if the asbestos fibres become airborne and people are exposed to these airborne fibres. Once asbestos materials have been identified and assessed in an Asbestos Risk Assessment Audit, or a Hazardous Materials Audit, then effective management and control of all asbestos containing materials is essential.

The WHS Code of Practice (COP) 'How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace' (Safe Work Australia 2011) clearly documents the steps required to eliminate or minimise the risks of exposures to airborne asbestos fibres. The Code of Practice is accepted as standard industry practice requiring PCBUs to: