The Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 for a workplace where asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM) is identified, or is likely to be present.
New easy-to-use asbestos tool for businesses
WorkSafe has launched a new tool to help businesses to develop their asbestos management plans.
The tool is a Word template, designed as a guide for preparing an asbestos management plan. A PCBU with management or control of the workplace is responsible for ensuring that the plan is prepared and kept up to date.
The template allows you to add photos, site plans, or other relevant documents to your plan. It also includes hyperlinks to more asbestos information on our website.
What is an asbestos management plan?
An asbestos management plan sets out where any identified asbestos or asbestos-containing material is present, and how it will be managed. The workplace PCBU must make sure a copy of the asbestos management plan is readily accessible to workers and their representatives, as well as to other PCBUs. A copy of the plan should be kept at the workplace.
The workplace PCBU must review and (if necessary) revise the asbestos management plan every five years, or when:
- asbestos controls are reviewed
- asbestos is removed, disturbed, sealed or enclosed
- the plan is no longer adequate for managing the asbestos risks. For example, if new asbestos is identified, or if a previously inaccessible area is now accessible.
As well, a representative for workers at a workplace may request a review of an asbestos management plan if the representative reasonably believes that:
- any of the situations noted above affects, or may affect, the health and safety of a member of the work group being represented, and
- the workplace PCBU has not adequately reviewed the asbestos management plan in relation to the situation.
When is an asbestos management plan needed?
A PCBU must have an asbestos management plan in place for a structure where asbestos is found or is likely to be present at a workplace from time to time.
Having an asbestos management plan will ensure that a PCBU can manage risks in situations where people at the property – such as workers, tenants, clients or other visitors – could be exposed to respirable asbestos fibres (fibres able to be breathed in).
Is a surveyor needed to create an asbestos management plan?
Not necessarily. A PCBU can create its own asbestos management plan by following the process outlined in Section 9 of our approved code of practice: Management and removal of asbestos