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WorkSafe Victoria Releases New Compliance Codes for Managing & Removing Asbestos in Workplaces

05 October 2018

WorkSafe Victoria has published the latest versions of the compliance codes ‘Managing Asbestos in Workplaces’ and ‘Removing Asbestos in Workplaces’.


Notable Changes

Asbestos Removal

  • Changes have been made to strengthen the durability of the flooring and tapes. These must be robust and durable, preventing damage for the duration of its use to counter some of the light weight woven plastic sheeting
  • The removal of asbestos backed sheet vinyl has been clarified as a Class A work
  • Where non-friable materials may become a part of the process, a Class A Licensed Asbestos removalist must be engaged
  • Decontamination areas or units now includes reference to privacy
  • Vacuum Cleaners Negative Pressure Units NPU need to be maintained in accordance with manufactures recommendations and AS/NZ 60335.2.69 that refers to annual testing such as using a Dispersed Oil Particulate (DOP) test


Respiratory Protective Equipment

  • The codes now recommend the use of a class P1 or P2 non-disposable half face respirator
  • Fit tests and fit checks have been clarified


Section 196 has included additional information explicitly required to be included in an asbestos management plan:

  • Any clearance certificates relating to previous asbestos removal work
  • Procedures for recording accidents, incidents or emergencies related to asbestos
  • Air monitoring procedures


The compliance codes are available for download from the WorkSafe Victoria Website:


For assistance, contact Greencap’s office in Melbourne:

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