Asbestos was widely used during the 1940's to 1990's in household and industrial products such as fibre cement pipes, wall panels and roof sheeting. It was also used in mechanical and mining industry products such as brake disk pads and gaskets. Because the exposure to asbestos can cause disease, a national ban on the manufacture, importation and installation of products containing asbestos was introduced from 1st January 2004.
For further information about the definition, removal and disposal of asbestos open the attached Asbestos Information Flyer.
Work Safe Australia has produced the attached Code of Practice How to Safely Remove Asbestos which will provide home renovators and builders with extensive information such as licence requirements for asbestos removal, duties for removal that does not require a licence, information on asbestos removal work, protective equipment and so on.
Break O’Day Council recognizes its legal and moral obligation to provide a safe work environment and safe systems to protect the health of all workers and members of the public from injury or illness arising from the workplace or places of assembly on BODC properties. Consequently an Asbestos Management Plan was developed which provides guidance on how to protect the health and safety of staff and the public following the identification, and possible removal, of asbestos contained material (ACM) from the workplace and places of public assembly. The plan will be reviewed every five (5) years.
In accordance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2012 s 425 Asbestos Register, Council has prepared an Asbestos Contained Material Register (ACM Register) of all Council owned or leased buildings which will be maintained by a delegated Council Officer. The register will be updated annually with results of inspections, changes in condition and type of ACM products. The register is stored in hardcopy and on Council TRIM data base which will be made available for inspection by any persons authorised to access the data base in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act/Regulations 2012. Where no ACM has been found a record of this finding will be kept. Any person not authorised may request permission to access the register in writing to Council for which any reasonable request will be granted.