What should happen if part of my workplace is being refurbished or demolished?
- Prior to demolition or refurbishment ensure the Asbestos Register is reviewed and revised if necessary
- Provide a copy of the Asbestos Register to the PCBU (builder, project manager, tiler etc.) undertaking the work
- Ensure that asbestos likely to be disturbed during refurbishment is removed (reasonably practicable test applies)
- In the case of demolition; develop a procedure to reduce the risk of workers & persons in the vicinity being exposed to asbestos fibres
What should I know about asbestos if I am working on the refurbishment or demolition of buildings?
The PCBU undertaking the work must:
- Obtain the asbestos register
- Engage a competent person to inspect for the presence of asbestos where no register exists
- Assume presence of asbestos where there is uncertainty or where the area is inaccessible and likely to be disturbed
- In the case of residential premises; identify and remove asbestos likely to be disturbed (reasonably practicable test applies)
- In the case of demolition; develop a procedure to reduce the risk of exposure of workers and persons in the vicinity
If you are employed as a worker on major home renovations or building refurbishments the PCBU must protect you by ensuring that asbestos is identified and, if it is likely to be disturbed during the work, it is properly removed.