Asbestos & Hazardous Material Management Plans
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.
Other hazardous materials such as Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), lead paint, lead dust, Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) and Synthetic Mineral Fibres (SMF) also pose potential risks if not appropriately controlled. Therefore, many Person's Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBUs) are implementing Hazardous Materials Management Plans (HMMP) in order to manage identified or assumed hazardous materials other than asbestos.
Whilst each state and territory of Australia and New Zealand have slightly different Regulations and requirements, the Model Code of Practice (COP) 'How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace' (Safe Work Australia 2020) /(New Zealand Management and removal of asbestos Approved Code of practice 2016 - ACOP) clearly documents the steps required to eliminate or minimise the risks of exposures to airborne asbestos fibres.
Use the following links to find the codes of practice in your state WHS regulators and workers' compensation authorities contact information:
- Safe Work Australia - WHS regulators and workers' compensation authorities contact information
- WorkSafe New Zealand - Management and removal of asbestos
The Code of Practice is accepted as standard industry practice requiring PCBUs to:
- Investigate the presence or possible presence of asbestos
- Develop a register of identified or presumed asbestos containing materials (ACM)
- Assess the condition of any ACM
- If Asbestos is identified or assumed, develop, implement and maintain an asbestos management plan (AMP)
- Implement control 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
- Manage and control asbestos related risks
- Provide workers with training, instruction, information and supervision - Greencap Workplace Training.
- Identification of hazardous materials (including asbestos) in the workplace and preparation of a Hazardous Materials Register
- Preparation and review of Asbestos Management Plans, or Hazardous Materials Management Plans (HMMP) conforming with the Code of Practice 'How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace' (Safe Work Australia 2020) and applicable standards and regulations.
- A plan will comprise practical control measures required for identified and presumed hazardous materials, and will have clearly assigned responsibilities
- Development of site-specific procedures for management of asbestos and other hazardous materials and advisory notes for tenants, contractors and employees
- Development of 'unexpected finds' procedures, in the event of an inadvertent asbestos or other hazardous materials disturbance
- Labelling of identified and presumed ACM in the workplace
- Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Awareness Training (Face to Face or Virtual) for employees and contractors who may come into contact with ACM or other hazardous materials in a workplace
- Provide and develop bespoke asbestos and hazardous materials training relevant to your industry
SafeWork NSW Videos - Keeping Tradies Safe
- Asbestos Hazards, Risks and Identification
- Setting Up Your Asbestos Work Area
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Safe Handling and Controls (Drilling)
Learn in depth about asbestos labelling and signage requirements and more in Greencap's Online Asbestos Awareness Training course
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