What Is An Asbestos Register
Any commercial building or workplace operating within buildings built prior to 2003, where the presence of asbestos is unknown, suspected, or has previously been identified, requires an asbestos register to be in place and accessible when required. An asbestos materials register will include the date on which the asbestos, presumed asbestos or asbestos containing material (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. 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.
Our Asbestos Registers Include:
The information obtained during an asbestos audit and included in our asbestos registers is based on the Code of Practice on How to Control and Manage Asbestos in the Workplace. At a minimum our asbestos registers include 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.
Comprehensive Additions Included In Our Registers
To increase the value of the asbestos register and to minimise the risk of asbestos exposure and contamination, our asbestos registers provide additional detail to ensure the accurate quantification of asbestos. Recognising the benefits from asbestos register comprehensiveness our registers also 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).
Asbestos Register Obligations
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.
Built To Australian Standards
We ensure our clients all over Australia are complying with the changing workplace legislation – Safe Work Australia 2011 and the NOHSC: 2018(2005) and Workplace Health & Safety Regulations.
Our Asbestos & Hazardous Material Services We Offer Include: