What Every Worker Should Know

(Work  Health and Safety Regulations effective from Jan 1st 2013 short summary)

 

If your workplace was constructed before the 31st of December 2003, regulations in Tasmania require your employer to:

  • Take all reasonable action to ensure that at a minimum, employees are not exposed to airborne asbestos fibres in excess of the exposure standard
  • Ensure all asbestos has been identified by a competent person so far as reasonably practicable
  • Maintain a register of any asbestos identified in buildings or structures
  • Ensure that the register is kept up to date and revised when:
    • The asbestos management plan is reviewed; or
    • Further asbestos is identified at the workplace; or
    • Asbestos is removed, disturbed, sealed or enclosed
  • Develop and maintain an asbestos management plan for the workplace which includes:The identification of asbestos (the asbestos register, signage and labelling)
    • Decisions, and reasons for decisions, about the management of asbestos at the workplace (safe work procedures, risk management and control measures)
    • Procedures for detailing incidents or emergencies involving asbestos
    • Management of employees’ carrying out work involving asbestos (including consultation, notification, responsibilities, information and training)
  • Make the asbestos register and management plan readily available to any worker, health and safety representative, employer or contractor at that workplace
  • Review the asbestos management plan:
    • When there is a review of the asbestos register or a control measure;
    • When the asbestos is removed from, or disturbed, sealed or enclosed;
    • When it is no longer adequate for managing asbestos at the workplace;
    • When a health and safety representative requests a review;
    • At least once every 5 years
  • Provide and fix warning signs to alert people of the location of asbestos
  • Pass the asbestos register onto the next owner or manager of the premises
  • Give a copy of the asbestos register to any other employer or contractor who carries out, or intends to carry out, work at a workplace that involves a risk of exposure to airborne asbestos.

 

 

 

 



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