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The Importance of Professional Asbestos Management

Asbestos poses a significant health risk, causing more annual deaths than Australia’s road accidents. National efforts are intensifying to enhance asbestos management, awareness and compliance. This awareness is crucial for public safety in both residential and commercial settings.

Read on for the benefits of careful asbestos identification, removal and demolition services. Discover why asbestos management is the key to staying safe and staying on the right side of the law.

Understanding Asbestos Management

Understanding management is crucial for ensuring the safety of workplaces, the public and those living in older homes. It involves the identification of and assessment of asbestos, followed by comprehensive asbestos management plans.

Effective asbestos services include regular inspections to monitor conditions and implementing control measures to minimize the risk of exposure. Compliance with regulatory requirements, such as maintaining an up-to-date asbestos register and notifying authorities before removal or demolition activities, is fundamental to preventing health hazards and legal repercussions. By prioritizing asbestos management, organisations not only safeguard their workforce but also demonstrate their commitment to health and safety standards. This statement rings true for those living in residential homes as well. Safety is paramount.

Avoid Non-Compliance Pitfalls

South Australia leads Australia in enforcing asbestos regulations, particularly concerning pre-2004 buildings and sites undergoing demolition or refurbishment. In recent years, inspectors issued 130 improvement and prohibition notices due to:

  • Absence of an asbestos register
  • Inadequate asbestos management post-discovery
  • Failure to disclose asbestos presence

Many workplaces lacked compliant asbestos management protocols, which highlighted the need for understanding and meeting regulatory obligations further.

Focus on Refurbishment and Demolition Services

Inspections highlighted significant gaps in asbestos management during refurbishment and demolition projects. Critical oversights included:

Severe Penalties for Non-Compliance

Professional asbestos services could have prevented these issues. Investing in professional asbestos inspection and removal would have been beneficial, considering the costly and avoidable penalties faced by non-compliance. Examples include suspensions of licensed asbestos removalists for up to three months and fines exceeding $2000. These penalties were imposed due to failures such as unsafe asbestos removal practices, commencing demolition without clearance inspections, and endangering workers.

National and State Initiatives

In Queensland, asbestos management is tightly regulated to ensure the safe handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Workplace managers must identify and maintain an asbestos register detailing asbestos-containing materials’ locations and conditions. Risk assessments are mandatory to assess exposure risks, with controls implemented to mitigate hazards.

Additionally, an Asbestos Management Plan is required for workplaces with asbestos-containing materials, outlining management procedures and regular inspections. Training in asbestos awareness is mandatory for relevant employees and . licensed asbestos removalists must conduct safe removals following strict procedures. Asbestos disposal must comply with approved methods while notifying Workplace Health and Safety Queensland before licensed asbestos removal. This process includes stringent record-keeping obligations. Non-compliance with these detailed regulations can result in significant penalties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2021.

Ensure Compliance and Safety with Palisco Asbestos Removal & Demolition

Palisco Asbestos Removal & Demolition provides comprehensive asbestos services that include asbestos inspection, asbestos removal and asbestos demolition services while ensuring strict compliance. For more information, contact us at Palisco Asbestos Removal & Demolition to learn more about our professional asbestos management services.

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