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9 considerations when managing Asbestos in the workplace

Management Planning

9 considerations when managing Asbestos in the workplace

Ok so you’ve got your Asbestos Register and now you need an Asbestos Management Plan.

(Psssst, if you don’t have a register check out Part 2 of this series – The basics of an Asbestos Register).

In this post, we’ll explain the basics of an Asbestos Register:

For Australian based organisations, the management plan is covered by Regulation 429 of the Australian Government Work Health & Safety Regulation (2011). It states:

“A person with management or control of a workplace must ensure a written asbestos management plan is prepared for the workplace if asbestos or ACM has been identified or assumed present, or is likely to be present from time to time at the workplace. The asbestos management plan must be maintained to ensure the information is up-to-date.”

So you’ve identified the Asbestos or ACM in your workplace and made note of it on the register, now you actually need to do something about it. The management plan details:

  • What;
  • When; and
  • How will it be done.

An asbestos management plan must include:

  • the identification of asbestos and ACM, for example, a reference or link to the asbestos register for the workplace, and the locations of signs and labels (if it’s digital), even easier. Scanning the QR code for example on an appropriately labelled item could load the most up to date register almost immediately;
  • decisions, and reasons for the decisions, about the management of asbestos at the workplace, for example, safe work procedures and control measures;
  • procedures for detailing accidents, incidents or emergencies of asbestos at the workplace; and
  • workers carrying out work involving asbestos, for example, consultation, information and
    training responsibilities.

Other information that may be included in the asbestos management plan is:

  • an outline of how asbestos risks will be controlled, including  consideration of appropriate control measures;
  • a timetable for managing risks of exposure, for example, priorities and dates for any reviews, circumstances and activities that could affect the timing of action;
  • identification of each person with responsibilities under the asbestos management plan and the person’s responsibilities;
  • procedures, including a timetable for reviewing and, if necessary, revising the asbestos management plan and asbestos register; and
  • air monitoring procedures at the workplace, if required.

For more information, check out the resources we referenced:

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/58169/how-to-manage-control-asbestos-in-workplace-cop-2011.pdf

https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/inforce/current/sl-2011-0240

Or simply ask us for more information.