Practical Asbestos Management Resources For Commercial & Non-Residential Property Sector Launched
Preventing exposure to asbestos fibres is the most effective means of preventing asbestos-related diseases. Australia's national Asbestos Awareness Campaign has developed a free, user-friendly asbestos management resource package to help improve regulatory compliance.
Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used in multiple locations throughout an extensive range of commercial and non-residential properties prior to 31 December 2003, requiring strict regulations for asbestos management.
However, compliance has sometimes proven challenging for this sector.
To address the need for improved, safer management of asbestos in commercial and non-residential properties, Australia's leading National Asbestos Awareness Campaign has developed a free, user-friendly asbestos management resource package to help improve regulatory compliance across the sector.
In an Australian first, the Asbestos Management Handbook for Commercial and Non-residential Properties provides property owners, managers, developers and workers with essential, practical, user-friendly guidelines and tools to manage ACMs in line with requirements. The comprehensive Handbook, Asbestos Management Templates and Fact Sheets can be downloaded from https://asbestosawareness.com.au/
Designed for a broad audience including property owners, agents, managers, builders, contractors, subcontractors, tradespeople and workers, the Asbestos Management Handbook, Templates and Fact Sheets were developed in consultation with stakeholders to improve compliance in the commercial and non-residential property sector.
Covering a comprehensive list of building types including commercial, industrial, government, recreational, agricultural, hospitality, health services and education facilities, religious, transport and tourism structures it details roles and responsibilities for asbestos management, provides examples of best practice and a comprehensive list and images demonstrating ACMs common in commercial and non-residential properties.
The Handbook offers practical step-by-step guidance on adhering to regulations including how to develop and manage an Asbestos Management Plan, an Asbestos Register, the training requirements for workers, and defines Asbestos Inspections, Surveys, Risk Assessments and the requirements when asbestos removal is undertaken.
John Batty, Managing Consultant, Occupational Hygiene and Hazardous Materials Management specialist for Prensa welcomed the announcement saying, "While there are strict requirements for the management, control and removal of asbestos, a dominant challenge affecting compliance has been the absence of user-friendly resources for people unfamiliar with technical information, with some finding the regulations extensive and complex to follow and implement.
"The greater the exposure to asbestos fibres, the greater the risk of developing life-threatening asbestos-related diseases. The new free Handbook featuring step-by-step procedures Fact Sheets and Templates is a long-awaited vital resource that will help improve compliance and safe work procedures to prevent avoidable exposure to asbestos fibres by workers and bystanders,"
Download Resources: https://asbestosawareness.box.com/