How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace Code of Practice - Australian Capital Territory

Description

You may be required to comply with this Code if you intend to operate a business in a workplace in which asbestos or asbestos containing material is present. Examples include:

  • workplaces where asbestos is fixed or installed in a building, structure, ship or equipment
  • demolition works on a building, structure, ship or plant where asbestos is fixed or installed
  • workplaces where activities involving asbestos containing material are carried out

This Code provides information on the identification of the presence of asbestos at the workplace, and the implementation of measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres, thereby minimising the incidence of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

This Code contains legal requirements which prohibit persons conducting a business or undertaking from carrying work involving asbestos or asbestos containing material, except in prescribed circumstances.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Exemptions

In some cases, the most appropriate control measure determined may be to remove the asbestos. This code does not apply to asbestos removal.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

In order to manage risk, you have a duty to:

  • identify asbestos and asbestos containing material at the workplace and record in the asbestos register
  • assessing the risk of exposure to airborne asbestos
  • eliminating or minimising the risks by implementing control measures
  • reviewing control measures to ensure they are effective

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 ACT

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

Contact details

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General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336