Asbestos Register & Management Plans

Asbestos Register & Management Plans

As a result of the changes made under the Workplace Health & Safety Act & Regulations (2011), all workplaces in NSW are required to have an up to date (and reviewed every 12 months) asbestos register that contains information relating to:

  • Identifying asbestos containing materials within the workplace
  • Assessing the risk to health for each asbestos instance identified
  • Recommending measures to control the risk to health if required

ATR can provide professional services to inspect workplaces & establish or update asbestos registers & Asbestos Management Plans.

What is an Asbestos Register?

An asbestos register is a document which contains information on Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) within a building that is likely to contain asbestos & must be held onsite for buildings that contain asbestos to comply with NSW WorkCover requirements. The person with management or control of a workplace must ensure an asbestos register is prepared and kept at the workplace.

What is an Asbestos Management Plan?

An asbestos management plan must be developed where asbestos has been identified or is likely to be present at the workplace. The asbestos management plan is to be readily accessible to workers, health and safety representatives, other PCBUs and WorkCover.

The asbestos management plan must include:

  • the identification of asbestos or ACM
  • decisions and reasons for decisions about the management of asbestos
  • procedures for dealing with incidents or emergencies
  • workers carrying out work involving asbestos.

It is to be reviewed when there is a:

  • change in the control measure
  • if the asbestos is removed or disturbed
  • when the plan is no longer adequate
  • when a health and safety representative requests a review,
  • or at least every five years

What is the purpose of an Asbestos register?

The purpose of an asbestos register is for identification of asbestos & involves a combination of visual inspection of the accessible areas of the building & the collection materials suspected of containing asbestos for testing. The suspected asbestos samples are then tested by a NATA accredited laboratory.

What information is contained in an Asbestos register?

The asbestos register must:

  • record any asbestos that has been identified or is assumed to be present at the workplace
  • record the date when the asbestos was identified
  • record the location, type and condition of the asbestos
  • be maintained to ensure up-to-date information
  • state if no asbestos has been identified
  • be given to the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) when there is a change of management or controller of the workplace.

Asbestos must be labelled, where possible. For example a label can be placed in the electrical meter box indicating that the building contains asbestos and the location of the register. Photographs or drawings are also useful for showing the location of asbestos in the workplace.