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What is an Asbestos Register?

AUST  A Work Health Safety asbestos register is a document that must be accessible to all personnel on site (building occupants). The asbestos register must contain following information such as, all asbestos containing material (ACM) that has been identified, the date the ACM was identified and the type, condition and location of the ACM. The asbestos register must also identify when the ACM was last inspected.

Work Health and Safety Assessors advise that the Asbestos Register must clearly indicate and identify asbestos at a workplace. It must be maintained up to date and reviewed at least once every five years, readily available for workers at the workplace.

/ ASBESTOS REGISTER AUDITS
Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is present in many existing buildings, and most building owners and managers would be aware that there is risk associated with the use of these materials and require asbestos register audits. Work Place Safety Assessors perform asbestos register audits on behalf of the client to ensure compliance with legislation.

To mitigate these risks, from January 2012, more stringent safety regulations apply where ACM is present in buildings, workplaces or sites, and it is mandatory for an Asbestos Containing Material and Asbestos Register Audits to be obtained when releasing or selling the building to comply with Workplace Health & Safety.

/ COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS
We advise that these regulations place legal obligations (Asbestos Register Audits) on anyone who owns, manages or occupies buildings, workplaces or sites containing asbestos, even those that were compliant under the 2005 Code of Practice.

In order to comply with the Asbestos Register Audits regulations, we can develop an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) in accordance with the national code of practice, that includes the following relevant to asbestos register audits:

  • Management of a register of asbestos-containing materials at the workplace, and Asbestos Register Audits for any asbestos register change
  • Details of maintenance and service work undertaken on asbestos-containing materials to be recorded in asbestos register audits.
  • A framework for communicating the location and type of asbestos-containing materials to employees and others who may come into contact with asbestos-containing materials in the asbestos register audits.
  • The communication and documentation of any decisions regarding the abatement actions taken in asbestos register audits.
  • A documented action plan (including time frames) for the abatement works.
  • Documentation of the responsibilities and accountabilities of key staff in the implementation of the plan as part of asbestos register audits.
  • A documented procedure for reviewing and updating the plan.
  • Safe work method statements / risk assessments.
  • All asbestos-containing materials left in-situ must be
  • Clearly labelled in accordance with the code of practice, to prevent inadvertent exposure to persons not familiar with the materials and nominated in the asbestos register.

/ VALIDATION
If previous Asbestos Register Audits measures have been taken, Hendry can ensure that:

  • If an audit for “asbestos materials” at the property, workplace or site has previously been undertaken and the audit did not include asbestos register audits for “asbestos products” (i.e. bonded products), all sources of the newly defined asbestos-containing materials at the property must be identified.
  • An annual review (asbestos register audits) of the materials and register to confirm that the materials have not deteriorated into an unsafe condition must be conducted. If any asbestos-containing material is unstable or has been disturbed, there may be a requirement for more frequent reviews (asbestos register audits) to be undertaken.

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