NSW Asbestos Register
A NSW asbestos register is a document which contains information on Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) within a building that is likely to contain asbestos. An asbestos register in NSW must be held onsite for buildings that contain asbestos to comply with NSW WorkCover requirements . The NSW asbestos register uses risk management principles by:
- Identifying asbestos containing materials within the workplace
- Assessing the risk to health for each asbestos instance identified
- Recommending measures to control the risk to health if required
The identification of asbestos for the NSW compliant asbestos register involves a combination of visual inspection of the accessible areas of the building and the collection materials suspected of containing asbestos for testing. The suspected asbestos samples are then tested by a NATA accredited laboratory. The results of the inspection are tabulised in an asbestos register which include:
- Location of the asbestos containing material
- Asbestos composition and type through mineralogical analysis and the material friability
- Risk to health based on the condition, potential disturbance and occupancy level
- Recommendations to control or further minimise risk to occupant health
A NSW asbestos register should be reviewed on a yearly basis, or sooner if the material has been disturbed or removed to assess the risk to health. The NSW asbestos register should be integrated within an asbestos management plan.
Safe Environments is a Type A inspection body accredited by NATA (accreditation No: 17139) and complies with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO.IEC 17020 (2000) for the inspection of hazardous materials including asbestos.
Safe Environments asbestos registers are produced in accordance with the requirements of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC:2018(2005)].