Posted by: Angelo Venardos | Date: 13 December 2013
On 1 January 2014, further provisions of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld) will come into force relating to the management of asbestos. These additional provisions specifically relate to any workplace which there is, or is likely to be, naturally occurring asbestos.
Naturally occurring asbestos is asbestos created naturally through mineral processes. Naturally occurring asbestos is generally encountered with work requiring excavation – for example mining, quarrying or building construction.
If you have identified naturally occurring asbestos at your workplace, or you are likely to identify naturally occurring asbestos at your workplace, the new laws commencing 1 January 2014, will apply to you.
The new laws require that where you have identified naturally occurring asbestos, or you are likely to identify naturally occurring asbestos, at your workplace, you will need to maintain an “Asbestos Management Plan”.
The Asbestos Management Plan must contain the following information:
A copy of your Asbestos Management Plan must be made available to all workers at your workplace, and any health and safety representative of a worker.
Regulations require that your Asbestos Management Plan is reviewed and updated every 5 years or sooner where:
If you have any questions in relation to naturally occurring asbestos, and its management in your workplace under the new laws, please do not hesitate to contact me.