For property owners, managers, agents, contractors, project managers and foremen responsible for the safe management of asbestos in accordance with Work Health & Safety regulations.

Although banned in the 1980s for use in commercial and non-residential properties, asbestos continued to be used in multiple locations throughout many of these properties prior to 31 December 2003. 

The more fibres inhaled, the greater the risk to health. If you’ve ignored the warnings in the past, it’s time to take the warnings seriously and follow Work Health and Safety regulations to manage asbestos safely! 

It’s just not worth the risk!

This Handbook has been developed to provide information and guidance relating to the safe management of asbestos and asbestos-containing material (ACM) for building owners, managers, contractors and workers, and to define their responsibilities in accordance with Work Health & Safety Regulations (WH&S) 2017. HANDBOOK

Examples of non-friable asbestos in commercial and non-residential buildings include:

  1. Asbestos cement (AC) sheeting (fibro) flat or corrugated used internally and externally including roofing;
  2. AC moulded products - architrave, joins, flues, downpipes, guttering, water and sewerage pipes;
  3. AC ceiling tiles - perforated and solid;
  4. Wall and floor coverings - vinyl and ceramic tiles, carpet underlay and vinyl sheeting;
  5. Bitumen-based adhesives and water proofing;
  6. Electrical stations (switchboards, fuses, wire sheathing) and plant;
  7. Walls in bathrooms and petitions in toilet cubicles, kitchens and washrooms;
  8. Textiles including asbestos ropes and fire blankets;
  9. Resin based products used in a broad range of electrical, thermal and acoustic applications;
  10. Plastic and paint products including epoxy paints;
  11. Sealants, adhesives and filters; and
  12. Friction products including gaskets.

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