Any commercial building or workplace found to contain asbestos, asbestos containing materials (ACM) or was built prior to 1990, requires an asbestos register to be in place and accessible when required. Where there is an active asbestos register, it must be reviewed by a qualified and competent asbestos consultant and updated every 5 years to meet legislative requirements.An asbestos materials register will include the date on which the asbestos, presumed asbestos or ACM was identified, the location, type and condition of the asbestos at the time of inspection. The register will also state, where there is no asbestos or ACM present or if it is assumed likely to be present or not in an area that is inaccessible at the time of the asbestos audit. Contact Asbestosafe for further information or call (03) 9973 4364.
The information obtained during an asbestos inspection is outlined in the Code of Practice on How to Control and Manage Asbestos in the Workplace, which provides a brief asbestos register template. The template provided is limited to the following sections:
- Date of Identification;
- Type of ACM;
- Friable or non-friable Asbestos;
- The condition of the ACM
- The specific location of ACM; and
- Whether the ACM is in an inaccessible area.
To increase the value of the asbestos register, and as a result minimise the risk of asbestos exposure and contamination, asbestos registers must be detailed and accurate. We understand the benefits from asbestos register comprehensiveness and achieve this via our reporting mechanisms that include:
- Photos of the ACM in situ showing its proximity to surrounding objects;
- Site maps revealing a location of ACM within each building(upon request);
- Re-inspection dates;
- Quantity of the ACM present;
- Risk rating based on a risk assessment of the material;
- Recommendations for future works based on the risk rating;
- Reference to and inclusion of a NATA accredited laboratory report;
- The description of the material.
We are also happy to discuss further modifications if additional information is required and within our level of expertise. Some of the modifications requested by clients are the inclusion of:
- Identification of any biological hazards;
- Trips or slip hazards;
- Noting of access issues;
- Identification and location of PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls);
- Identification and location of LCP (Lead containing paint).
The asbestos register must be held on site and made available to all persons using, frequenting, occupying, working on or around the building. The asbestos register allows contractors and workers to have a reference point of information, including details about necessary precautions and how to safely manage the asbestos in its current form whilst in the workplace.As specified in the Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in the Workplace [NOHSC:2018(2005)], it is mandatory that all “persons with control of premises” keep an accurate asbestos register on site and update it when the condition or removal of the asbestos occurs.
We ensure our clients all over Australia are complying with the changing workplace legislation – Safe Work Australia 2011 and the NOHSC: 2018(2005) and Victorian Occupational Health & Safety 2017 Regulations.
We have developed their own technology by arming our field consultants with a customisable application which has the ability to undertake audits in real-time. The technology we use provides significant savings for our clients by:
- Saving time spent auditing / reporting ( Conservatively 40%);
- No need for the preparation of documentation prior to visiting sites;
- Data entered directly into the system used web- enabled tablets, avoiding data transcription errors; and
- Turn around time for reports reduced from weeks to hours (where no additional ACM sampling is required)
Our reporting services have been acknowledged and requested by Government bodies including Department of Health and Department of Environment and Conservation.