If you’re a property owner or landlord, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your buildings are safe. One way to ensure this is by having your property audited for asbestos. You are legally required to have an asbestos register on-site and accessible at all times. Asbestos audits can help you find out if any of the materials in your building contain asbestos and whether they pose a health risk. They also give you the information that you need to remove these materials or reduce their exposure risks.
It’s also important to know what types of buildings don’t need an audit. For example, single-family homes have low levels of asbestos and typically aren’t required to undergo an audit unless they are being refurbished or demolished. In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about when audits are necessary and how often they should be performed so that you can keep your properties safe for everyone involved.
An asbestos audit is an inspection of your property to determine the presence, location, and condition of any asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was used as an insulating material in buildings prior to the 1980s. It has been linked to several serious health conditions including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Some examples of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) include:
The purpose of an asbestos audit is to assess the risk posed by the presence of these materials and determine how they should be handled moving forward (ie. an Asbestos Management Plan).
The process involves the following components:
An asbestos audit is required by law for a number of reasons. Firstly, it will ensure that you are in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety
Regulations 2017 if in Victoria and other Work Health and Safety legislation if
you’re outside of Victoria in Australia. The above regulations require employers to:
A full asbestos audit is a great way to assess the risk of exposure in your building and take appropriate action to improve safety. It can give you peace of mind that the status of ACM (from identification to management) at your facility is compliant with local asbestos-related legislation of your jurisdiction. This not only can protect the health of your employees, but also the longevity of your business. Contact the team at Helia EHS today to speak to one of our experts about your requirements.