WorkSafe unveils asbestos tool


26 Nov 2019

asbestos tool

The sample building plan which comes with the asbestos management plan showing how a building could be mapped to show where asbestos is.

 

WorkSafe has released a tool to help businesses deal with asbestos.

The tool is a Word template which is designed as a guide for preparing an asbestos management plan and has been released during Asbestos Awareness Week which runs from from November 25-29.

WorkSafe says a PCBU with management or control of the workplace is responsible for ensuring that the plan is prepared and kept up to date. The template allows users to add photos, site plans, or other relevant documents to the plan. It also includes hyperlinks to more asbestos information on the WorkSafe website.

WorkSafe says the PCBU must have an asbestos management plan in place for a structure where asbestos is found or is likely to be present at a workplace from time to time.

Having an asbestos management plan will ensure that a PCBU can manage risks in situations where people at the property – such as workers, tenants, clients or other visitors – could be exposed to respirable asbestos fibres (fibres able to be breathed in).

The workplace PCBU must review and (if necessary) revise the asbestos management plan every five years, or when:

  • asbestos controls are reviewed
  • asbestos is removed, disturbed, sealed or enclosed
  • the plan is no longer adequate for managing the asbestos risks. For example, if new asbestos is identified, or if a previously inaccessible area is now accessible.

As well, a representative for workers at a workplace may request a review of an asbestos management plan if the representative reasonably believes that:

  • any of the situations noted above affects, or may affect, the health and safety of a member of the work group being represented, and 
  • the workplace PCBU has not adequately reviewed the asbestos management plan in relation to the situation.

The asbestos tool is available from here.