Asbestos Registers – What you need to know.

If you are the person or entity managing or undertaking a business at a property (PCBU), you must ensure an asbestos register is prepared, maintained and kept at the workplace with the most current and up to date information. 

What’s in an asbestos register? 

This document must include all identified and assumed asbestos in the property. The basic information required in the asbestos register include: 

  • Type of asbestos-containing material, including laboratory reports from a NATA accredited laboratory; 
  • Location of asbestos-containing material; 
  • The date when the asbestos was identified; 
  • The condition of the asbestos-containing material; 
  • Include the most current information, including when asbestos-containing materials have been removed or remediated; 
  • Be available to the business or other person conducting a business or undertaking, also to be made available if there is a change of management or controller of the workplace and 
  • Be available to and viewed by any contractors before any works are to take place. 

Asbestos-containing material is to be labelled. Labels can be placed directly onto the asbestos-containing materials, labels can also be applied to an area encompassing multiple asbestos-containing materials and where to access the asbestos register e.g. plant rooms. 

Photographs are recommended to be included in the asbestos register to help identify the materials. 

Asbestos register


Is our building required to have an asbestos register? 

An asbestos register is required for a workplace if: 

  • It was constructed before January 1st 2004. Unless it can be demonstrated that no asbestos has been identified in the workplace and that no asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace. 

The requirement may be different for each state and territory in Australia. For example:

Queensland: 

Asbestos registers not required if the workplace building was constructed after 31 December 1989 and no plant or equipment at the workplace was made or installed before 2004 and can be demonstrated that there is no asbestos within the workplace. The register must be reviewed at least once every five years. 

NSW, SA, ACT, Northern Territory, Tasmania

Asbestos registers not required if the workplace building was constructed after 31 December 2003 and can be demonstrated that there is no asbestos within the workplace. The register must be reviewed at least once every five years. 

Victoria

Asbestos registers not required if the workplace building was constructed after 31 December 2003 and can be demonstrated that there is no asbestos within the workplace. The register must be reviewed at least once every five years. Before any demolition or refurbishment occurs, the PMC (Person who manages or controls a workplace) must review the asbestos register in light of the proposed works. The PMC must ensure the register has adequate information to allow the person performing the work to effectively manage the risks from asbestos in the building or structure. If it does not, the regulations require that the register be revised. 

Western Australia:

Asbestos registers are not required if the workplace building was constructed after 31 December 2003 and can be demonstrated that there is no asbestos within the workplace. The register must be reviewed at least once every year (up to 3 years if supported with a written recommendation from a competent person and an adequate system is in place to report disturbance of asbestos-containing materials).  

Non-compliance fines 

The asbestos register must be made available to any worker (or their representative) who carries out or intends to carry out work at the workplace. Penalties apply for non-compliance, ranging from $3,600 for individuals to $18,000 for corporate bodies. 

How can Opira assist you with asbestos registers and asbestos in the workplace? 

Opira has licensed asbestos assessors in multiple states with vast experience and knowledge encompassing the preparation of asbestos registers, asbestos management plans, asbestos surveys including pre-demolition and refurbishment. We can also provide air monitoring and clearance inspections for B class and A class (friable remediation works). We have experts in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and more. Simply contact us for more information.