Risk Communication, Induction and Training
Commonwealth, State and Territory Work, Health and Safety legislation requires employers to consult with employees on issues that may affect their health and safety. In addition, the Code of Practice ‘How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace’ (Safe Work Australia 2011) specifically requires persons with control of premises to provide information and training to workers, contractors and others who may come into contact with asbestos containing materials (ACM) in a workplace, either directly or indirectly.
Beside the regulatory requirements and standard industry practice to consult with employers, it is good business to keep employees informed through well planned and delivered communication strategies.
- Development and implementation of a Communications Strategy
- Identify target groups (e.g. employees, media, shareholders) and confirm key messages to be communicated
- Document appropriate communications techniques for delivering the key messages and preparation of media releases
- Design and delivery of Asbestos Training and Awareness Programs
- Management briefings to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities
- Induction training for new staff and contractors to ensure they are aware of asbestos containing materials (ACM) in the workplace and the controls in place to manage the risk associated with ACM
- Training and Awareness Programs to inform employees of the health risks of asbestos, the types and locations of ACM in the workplace, their responsibilities in implementing asbestos management controls.