If you are an employer or the owner of the building, then you have a duty of care to document and implement an asbestos management plan when practicable. If during an audit, asbestos-containing materials are identified, then your management plan will need to include a register of all the asbestos identified. Your asbestos management plan should also document details of maintenance work and service work undertaken which may disturb asbestos.
Asbestos Audit Types:
Division 5 Asbestos Audit
Division 5 of the WHS/OH&S Regulations, requires people with management control to identify all asbestos-containing materials present in a workplace. To achieve compliance, a competent person should be engaged to prepare an asbestos register as part of an asbestos audit. Division 5 asbestos audits are usually non-invasive and will not include cavities or area where destruction is required to complete the audit.
Division 6 Asbestos Audit
Division 6 of the WHS/OH&S Regulations, requires a person with management control to review the asbestos register before any demolition or refurbishment work takes place. A division 6 audit is usually invasive and destructive in areas where it is relevant to complete the audit.
At Safety Systems Pty Ltd, we conduct audits at businesses, to aid employers in assessing the risk of asbestos in their workplace. When we audit a workplace we send one of asbestos auditors to inspect the area and identify type, location, friability and the condition of materials containing asbestos.
If necessary, the auditor will take samples for analysis, which are sent to a NATA approved laboratory (in accordance with WHS/OH&S Regulations) for analysis and reporting purposes. The results of this analysis are provided as an audit report, which contains an asbestos register. The register received should be provided to any person engaged to do works on the site. We recommend the asbestos register being reviewed at least every 5 years.
If asbestos-containing materials are present in your workplace, then the WHS/OH&S Regulations state that for a commercial building, an asbestos management plan is required. We can assist you in creating an asbestos management plan for your workplace.