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Make sure you know the location of asbestos before undertaking any repair or demolition work.
Asbestos Awareness Week 2022
An estimated 4,000 Australians die annually from asbestos-related diseases. It’s about time we do things the right way when it comes to asbestos disposal.
That is the message SafeWork is sending this National Asbestos Awareness Week, which runs from 21-27 November.
The theme in 2022 reminds Australians to Think Twice About Asbestos and targets home occupiers and tradespeople to do things the right way by ensuring proper and lawful disposal of asbestos.
Public events include an interactive forum jointly presented by SafeWork SA and Asbestos Coalition of South Australia that will provide insights into discovery from the 2022 Asbestos Management campaign.
Asbestos Action Plan 2019-2023
The South Australian Asbestos Action Plan 2019-2023 details the strategic actions the South Australian Government will undertake in order to implement the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management.
This general asbestos brochure provides information on how to locate asbestos and how to safely remove it.
To order printed copies of this brochure, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know…?
If you are a landlord, testing and removal of asbestos from your rental property could be tax deductible.
Codes of Practice
Codes of Practice provide practical information and guidance on how to meet the requirements of the regulations.
- How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace - Code of Practice
- How to safely remove asbestos - Code of Practice
Amendment to Code of Practice - How to Safely Remove Asbestos:
In South Australia, air monitoring is required for any licensed asbestos removal work. Because it's a model code which has application in other states and territories, page 19 of the Code of Practice - How to Safely Remove Asbestos states that air monitoring is not required when removing more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos. This is not the case in SA. Air monitoring is required for both Class A and Class B asbestos removal work.
These Codes of Practice apply to all duty holders including:
- the person who commissioned the asbestos removal work
- the person with management and control of the workplace
- asbestos licence holders.
The Codes are not mandatory but provide information to help workplaces achieve safe systems of work. If a workplace chooses not to follow a model Code of Practice they must have guidelines and safe work practices to an equal or better standard than is contained in the Code.
- Asbestos checklist - Residential
- Asbestos repair schedule checklist - Residential
- Asbestos safety checklist - Workplace
- Asbestos refurbishment & demolition checklist - Workplace
National Asbestos Exposure Register
The Australian Government has created a register to record the details of members of the Australian community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials.
The National Asbestos Exposure Register is managed by the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA).
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency
The role of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is to provide an effective coordinated response when asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in imported products are identified.
The ASEA has information dedicated to raising awareness about the risk of imported products containing asbestos as well as safety alerts on products that may pose a health risk from asbestos.
Australian Border Force
The Australian Border Force supports the Australia-wide ban on asbestos by preventing the import of prohibited asbestos products.
It is the responsibility of importers to ensure any product they import is asbestos free. Goods manufactured outside Australia might be labelled 'asbestos free' and still contain low levels of asbestos. Importers must be aware of their supply chain including the origin and manufacturing process of parts and components, particularly those at risk of containing asbestos.
Asbestos: home renovators beware
Australia's widespread use of asbestos has left a legacy of asbestos-containing material in our built environment. Almost every home built or renovated before 1990 contains some form of asbestos building material.
Making people aware of where in their homes they could find asbestos is important given the number of do-it-yourself home renovators. It is also important that people understand what to do having established where it is.
SafeWork SA has made available two asbestos safety segments filmed as part of the Master Builders Association of South Australia's 'Building Ideas' TV program in 2012 and 2013.