Asbestos & The Work Place

DO YOU COMPLY?

 

WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY (WHS) ACT 2011

COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ASBESTOS

Asbestos was widely used in building materials before 1987 so if your property was built or renovated before 1987 it most likely contains asbestos.

Every non residential building built prior to 2004 must have an Asbestos Audit

If Asbestos is discovered on site a register and management plan must be kept on site
The Safe Work Australia Code was adopted by the NSW Government has requirements and legislations for WHS in the workplace. This Code sets out the responsibilities of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) for dealing with Asbestos in the Workplace.

Asbestos Survey Requirements:
For a building to be compliant, an Asbestos Survey needs to be completed. It must now identify asbestos in the following forms:
•    Asbestos that is loose and friable
•    Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), whether friable or non friable/stable.


What if a Survey identifies Asbestos?
If Asbestos or ACM is identified in a building, the building will need to create an Asbestos Register and obtain and implement an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP).
These compliance documents need to be kept on site so they can be accessed by appropriate trades people, inspectors and occupiers.

Who Should Comply?
•    As from 1st January, 2012 a ‘responsible person’, responsible for Asbestos compliance, are defined as:
•    The owner of the premises;
•    A person who has, under any contract or lease, an obligation to maintain or repair the premises
•    A person who is occupying the premises
•    A person who is able to make decisions and changes to the structure and use of the workplace.
•    An employer at the premises
•    A person with management controls over the workplace, for example, a property management group or agent.


Should you require any further information on this or any other business property needs call your local Taylor Nicholas office, your Prime Property Specialists.

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