Asbestos Registers & Management Plans

Asbestos Registers

ASB Consulting helps organisations maintain strict new workplace regulation when it comes to managing asbestos at the workplace.

R It is now mandatory for all workplaces built prior to 2004 to maintain an asbestos register
R Owners must provide an asbestos audit and register when releasing or selling the building

An asbestos register is a written record that identifies all asbestos known and assumed to exist within a building. This includes asbestos materials that were used to construct the building when it was first created as well as asbestos that may be used within a facility for business purposes. The goal of the register is to clearly identify the presence of asbestos since it is a material that can negatively impact the health of everyone working at the workplace.

Anything to do with asbestos within your building should be detailed in the register. This information is used to properly maintain the building and ensure that all repairs and renovations are carried out in a safe manner. Asbestos fibres are easily released into the air when these materials are disturbed even slightly, so it is important for all maintenance workers to be aware of materials and areas that contain asbestos.

It is important to keep the asbestos register updated so that future management or maintenance workers can refer to this information. It is important to keep an eye on the areas of the building known to contain asbestos so that any damage to those materials can be handled quickly. The smallest disturbance or breakage could lead to asbestos exposure for everyone in the building. If your office doesn’t have a register, call ASB Consulting immediately so that we can make sure you are in compliance with the new Safe Work Australia regulations.

A person with management or control of a workplace (Workcover definition) must ensure an asbestos register is prepared and kept at the workplace. The asbestos register must be maintained, to ensure the information in the register is up-to-date.

Note: An asbestos register is not required to be prepared when:

R the workplace is a building that was constructed after 31 December 2003, and
R no asbestos has been identified at the workplace, and
R no asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time.

Asbestos Management Plan

As part of our asbestos audit on commercial properties, ASB Consulting also provides an asbestos management plan that can be used for the ongoing management of asbestos containing materials that have been identified. May companies offer this as an add on to the audit process, but we think it is all integral in the asbestos management process.

An asbestos management plan must be written in relation to identified or assumed asbestos or ACM that has been identified in the asbestos register. The asbestos management plan must include:

R the identification of the asbestos or ACM (e.g. a reference or link to the asbestos register and location of signs and labels)
R decisions and reasons about management of asbestos such as safe work procedures and control measures
R procedures for dealing with accidents, incidents or emergencies in relation to asbestos or ACM
R workers carrying out work involving asbestos (e.g. consultation, information and training responsibilities).

The plan must be readily accessible to workers and others at the workplace, kept up to date, and be reviewed at least once every five years or sooner if:

R a control measure or the register is reviewed
R asbestos is removed from, or disturbed, sealed or enclosed
R the plan is no longer adequate for managing asbestos or ACM at the workplace
R a health and safety representative requests a review in certain circumstances.