Asbestos and Hazardous Risk Assessment Audits

General recognition of health risks associated with asbestos has required that employers, building owners and managers be aware of the location and condition of asbestos containing materials in their buildings and workplace. There are stringent legal requirements to effectively manage asbestos exposure risks in the workplace.

If in the event that a building is intended to be demolished or refurbished then an occupier must ensure, so far as is practical, that asbestos, which may become disturbed as a result of demolition or refurbishment works, is removed prior to the commencement of those works.

Prior to any demolition or refurbishment works starting, the register must be reviewed to see if it’s fit for purpose. A more intrusive or destructive asbestos audit can identify asbestos materials that may be disturbed during demolition or refurbishment works.

Asbestos/Hazardous Materials Risk Assessment Audits can simply be broken up into two different audit types:

Type of Audit




Audit and risk assessment (known in Victoria as Division 5 audit)

‘Occupied Buildings’

Compliance to ensure there is a current asbestos register available to site workers and contractors or updating register to ensure it is current following potential changes and minimum (5 yearly) inspection frequency

  • WHS or OHS Acts
  • WHS or OHS Regulation
  • WHS or OHS Code of Practices





Audit and risk assessment (VIC Division 6)

‘Un Occupied Buildings’

To ensure that asbestos and other hazardous materials are identified prior to renovation/demolition works.

Note: Generally used for scoping purposes

  • WHS or OHS Acts
  • WHS or OHS Regulation
  • WHS or OHS Code of Practices
  • Australian Standard ‘Demolition of Structures’


State based legislation largely requires property owner/occupiers to: