Asbestos Compliance – Meeting Asbestos Compliance is as simple as 1-2-3!
1. Get an Asbestos Survey
An asbestos survey will determine whether your building has Asbestos. If Asbestos is identified, then you will need to continue with steps 2 & 3, otherwise keep the asbestos survey onsite to make sure that you comply!
2. Implement an Asbestos Register and Management Plan
Once you have your Asbestos Survey, and asbestos is identified you will need to get an Asbestos Register and Management Plan to be kept on site.
The asbestos register is your onsite tool for all contractors and tradespersons while completing work on your property. It includes recommended safe working practices when handling and working with asbestos materials.
The Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) is your guide to how to manage your Asbestos. The priority level given in your asbestos survey will determine the recommended control measure in the management plan. A P4 – Low Risk asbestos containing material can be managed by labelling and continued reassessment to ensure the condition does not deteriorate.
3. Update it regularly
It is important to continually monitor the condition of identified asbestos. Some asbestos materials in high traffic areas can deteriorate over time and it is important that the management control measures are reviewed to ensure they are sufficient.
Solutions in Engineering has qualified and experienced inspectors that can work with you to ensure that appropriate management controls are put in place. Our inspectors will identify any asbestos in your property and provide an inspection summary and safety information in our Asbestos Survey. Through our extensive exposure to the building industry, we offer a realistic approach to managing asbestos in your building.
In 2011 the National Work Health and Safety Act was introduced in New South Wales and extends the requirements to identify all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) within buildings, including strata that were constructed before 1 January 2004.
Section 429 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to engage a competent person to identify all ACM within their building.
Where Asbestos is found, the PCBU is also required to keep an onsite Asbestos Register available to all employees, contractors and volunteers as well as prepare and implement an Asbestos Management Plan.
The penalties for non-compliance are severe with the maximum penalty of $30,000. However, if your failure to comply leads to a serious illness, you could face fines of $3 million, 5 years prison and/or damages from civil litigation.
Solutions in Engineering has qualified and experienced inspectors that can ensure your property is compliant.