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4.2 Asbestos risk management guidelines

Department of Health and Human Services

Who does this policy apply to?

This policy applies to organisations funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Policy purpose

To ensure organisations funded by the department comply with Occupational Health and Safety Requirements.

Legislation and /or regulation

Organisation requirements

Current Asbestos Register

For further information

http://www.asbestos.vic.gov.au/ (external link, opens in a new window)

Managing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code (external link, opens in a new window) provides information on how you can safely manage asbestos in your workplace

Removing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code (external link, opens in a new window) provides information on how you can arrange for the safe removal of asbestos from your workplace.

Liz Stackhouse, Assistant Director, Asset Strategy, Infrastructure Planning and Delivery
Tel: (03) 9096 1312
Email: liz.stackhouse@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Department of Education and Training

Department of Education and Training (DET) funded organisations that manage any type of workplace are required to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (the Act).

The employer and any person who has the management or control of a workplace (onsite managers), are responsible for the occupational health and safety requirements relating to that workplace. Sections 21 and 23 of the Act require employers and onsite managers to ensure that the workplace is safe for clients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and subcontractors who may enter or work at the site.

Part 4.3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 (the OHS Regulations) requires employers and onsite managers to make reasonable efforts to identify any asbestos in the workplace. If asbestos is present, or is suspected to be present, both the employer and onsite manager must maintain an asbestos register. If practicable the asbestos must be removed, or alternatively enclosed and sealed, to reduce the risk associated with its presence.

Prior to the commencement of any demolition or refurbishment works, regulations 4.3.35 and 4.3.36 of the OHS Regulations require an employer and any other onsite manager to review and revise the asbestos register. The OHS Regulations also require reasonable efforts be made by the employer and onsite manager to remove asbestos before demolition (regulation 4.3.49) or during refurbishment works (regulation 4.3.40). 

It is the responsibility of the employer and the onsite manager to fully understand their legal obligations as per the requirements of the Act and Regulations.

Resources

http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/laws-and-regulations (external link, opens in a new window)

http://www.asbestos.vic.gov.au (external link, opens in a new window)

For further information

Andrew Major, Manager, Contracts and Procurement Unit, Standards and Planning Branch, Infrastructure and Sustainability, Infrastructure and Finance Services Group
Telephone: 03 9947 1836
Email: major.andrew.a@edumail.vic.gov.au