The employer or owner of the building has a duty of care to document and implement an asbestos management plan. Once an Audit is completed if any asbestos is found, a plan will need to include a register of asbestos containing materials at the workplace, and details of maintenance and service work undertaken on asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos Audit Types:
Division 5 Asbestos Audit
Division 5 of the regulations requires that the person with management control of the workplace to identify all asbestos at the workplace. Compliance can be achieved by engaging a competent person to prepare an asbestos register as part of an asbestos audit. This audit is usually non invasive and will not include cavities and areas where destruction is required for the audit.
Division 6 Asbestos Audit
Division 6 of the regulations requires that before demolition or refurbishment commences, a person with management control of the workplace must review the Asbestos Register. This audit is usually invasive and destructive in the relevant areas.
Safety Systems conduct audits of the workplace, to aid employers assess the risk of asbestos in the workplace. One of Safety Systems asbestos auditors come out and inspect the workplace and identify type, location, friability and condition of the materials containing materials present.
The auditor will then take samples for analysis, these are provided to a NATA approved laboratory (in accordance with the WHS/OH&S Regulations) for analysis and reporting purposes. The results from this audit are provided as an Audit report, which contains an asbestos register. This register can then provided to any person engaged to work on the site. We recommend this register being reviewing at least every 3 years.
If asbestos is present, then the WHS/OH&S Regulations state that an Asbestos Management plan is required for commercial buildings. Safety Systems can assist in creating an Asbestos Management Plan.