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:
- Develop, implement and maintain an asbestos management plan (AMP)
- Investigate for the presence or possible presence of asbestos; develop a register of identified or presumed asbestos containing materials (ACM), and to assess the condition of any ACM
- Develop measures to remove any ACM or minimise risks associated with any ACM. Ensure control measures are implemented as soon as possible
- Review the AMP at least every 5 years.
- Preparation and review of Asbestos Management Plans in conformance with the Code of Practice Code of Practice 'How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace' (Safe Work Australia 2011). A Plan will comprise practical control measures required for identified and presumed ACM, and will have clearly assigned responsibilities
- Development of site-specific procedures for management of asbestos and advisory notes for tenants, contractors and employees
- Identification of asbestos containing materials in the workplace and preparation of an Asbestos Register
- Labelling of identified and presumed ACM in the workplace
- Awareness training for employees and contractors who may come into contact with ACM in a workplace.