Asbestos registers and management plans

The asbestos register is a document that lists all identified – or assumed – asbestos in a workplace. 

The person with management or control of a workplace must ensure an asbestos register is prepared and kept at the workplace.

 An asbestos register is not required for a workplace if:

  • the workplace was a building that was constructed after 31 December 2003, and
  • no asbestos has been identified in the workplace, and
  • no asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time.

Asbestos register

The asbestos register must:

  • record any asbestos that has been identified or is assumed to be present at the workplace
  • record the date when the asbestos was identified
  • record the location, type and condition of the asbestos
  • be maintained to ensure up-to-date information
  • state if no asbestos has been identified
  • be given to the employer or business (or other PCBU), when there is a change of management or controller of the workplace.

Asbestos must be labelled, where possible. For example a label can be placed in the electrical meter box indicating that the building contains asbestos and the location of the register.

Photographs or drawings are useful for showing the location of asbestos in the workplace.

Asbestos management plan

A person who has management or control of the workplace must ensure that a written plan (an asbestos management plan) is prepared if asbestos has been identified.

The asbestos management plan must:

  • identify the location of asbestos and any naturally occurring asbestos
  • include decisions, and reasons for decisions, about the management of asbestos at the workplace for example safe work procedures and control measures
  • outline procedures for incidents and emergencies involving asbestos, including who is responsible
  • be maintained with up-to-date information
  • be reviewed at least every five years or when requested by a health and safety representative (HSR) or when asbestos is removed, disturbed, sealed or enclosed, or when changes to a control measure are made or when the plan is no longer adequate
  • be accessible to any worker or the PCBU who has carried out or intends to carry out work at the workplace and any health and safety representatives who represent workers at the workplace
  • provide information, consultation and training responsibilities to workers carrying out work involving asbestos.

Other information that can be included in the asbestos management plan:

  • an outline of how asbestos risks will be controlled, including consideration of appropriate control measures.
  • a timetable for managing risks of exposure, including dates and procedures for the review of the asbestos management plan and activities that could affect the timing of a review.
  • persons with responsibilities and their responsibility under the asbestos management plan.
  • air monitoring procedures at the workplace, if required.

Further information

See clause 425 (asbestos register) and clause 429 (asbestos management plan) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation as well as the:

More information on asbestos is on our website or call 13 10 50.

Workplace Address:

XYZ Manufacturing

Unit 3A, Trading Estate West, Anytown 9001

Name of competent person:

Jim Smith, Site OHS Manager (01) 3293 4012

Date of identificationType of asbestosIs it friable or non-friable?Condition of asbestosSpecific location of asbestosIs this an inaccessible area?
1/02/2012AC roof sheetingNon-friableGood, minor deterioration on western endWhole roof to main buildingNot routinely accessed
1/02/2012Fibro wall claddingNon-friableSound condition structurally, paint lifting in some placesExterior of main buildingAccessible. Unlikely to be damaged
1/02/2012Pipe insulationFriableCracked at bends in pipePlant room: Behind boiler for water systemOnly accessed by maintenance staff
1/02/2012Cement flueNon-friableGood condition, coatedPlant room: On top of boilerOnly accessed by maintenance staff
1/02/2012Floor tilesNon-friableGood condition, tiles under filing cabinet starting to liftMain office, asbestos backed vinyl floor tilesInaccessible

Example of an asbestos register taken from the code of practice How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace.

 Catalogue No. WC03727 © Copyright WorkCover NSW 0715

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