Asbestos in the workplace is a serious issue. Did you know that WorkCover safety inspectors issue on-the-spot fines to businesses that appoint unlicensed asbestos removalists or licensed asbestos removalists that fail to notify WorkCover of asbestos removal?
It’s important to understand your obligations as an employer because the fines can be hefty and the consequences of mishandling asbestos can be deadly. WorkCover must be notified five days before any asbestos removal work is undertaken.
If you identify asbestos in your workplace that is in good condition, has not been disturbed and cannot release fibres into the air, it may be safer to leave it where it is and monitor its condition regularly.
As an employer, there are a number of things you can do to manage asbestos. These include notifying employees, controlling the risk, and keeping and regularly updating an asbestos register.
Recovery Partners now offers Asbestos Training, and as always, our Safety Team can work with you to ensure you are meeting your employer obligations.
The topics to be covered by the training are chosen to be relevant to your business, industry and workers being trained. We provide scenarios and examples of asbestos pieces in a safe and controlled environment to ensure that your workers are able to accurately identify asbestos. Delivery of the course is based on adult learning principles and is limited to a maximum of 16 people per session. We encourage a high level of participation from all attendees. This is achieved through activities, case examples and discussion. Training will be customised to your current procedures and worksite, and all participants will be issued with a workbook.
If you are interested in organising an Asbestos Awareness training session for your employees, please contact us for a quote today on 02 9532 0988.
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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