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									               Catholic Safety, Health & Welfare South Australia




Policy Title            ASBESTOS
Document No.            4

Date Approved           1 February 2008

ELGC Approval           4 February 2008

Version                 3

Review Date             2010



1.        INTRODUCTION
          In accordance with the Catholic Church Endowment Society Policy and in compliance
          with Division 4.2 of the SA Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations1995 in
          relation to "Asbestos" all health sites must provide a safe and healthy work environment
          for all the employees and the organisations’ community.
          The existence of any asbestos in the workplace must be identified and control measures
          implemented for any potential exposure to employee’s and the organisation’s’
          community.
          Worksites within the health sector will plan for the removal and elimination of all
          asbestos present on the worksite.
2.        DEFINITIONS
          Asbestos                 Fibrous form of mineral silicates belonging to the serpentine and
                                   amphibole groups of rock-forming minerals, including actinolite,
                                   amosite (brown asbestos), anthophyllite, chrysotile (white
                                   asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), tremolite, or any mixture
                                   containing one or more of the mineral silicates belonging to the
                                   serpentine and amphibole groups.

          Asbestos                 Any material, object, product or debris that contains asbestos
          Containing
          Material (ACM)

          Asbestos removal         work involving the removal of –
          work                     insulation material that consists of or contains asbestos, or other
                                   friable asbestos – containing material;
                                   an asbestos-cement (fibro) product, or other non-friable asbestos-
                                   containing material.

          Competent Person         means a person who is suitably qualified (whether by experience,
                                   training, or both) to carry out the work or function described in the
                                   relevant regulation; (Reg. 1.1.5)

          PPE                      Personal Protective Equipment appropriate to work including First
                                   Aid personnel



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3.       RESPONSIBILITIES
3.1      Management
         Management must ensure:
         •      that any asbestos containing material is identified;
         •      that an Asbestos Register is developed and maintained;
         •      annual inspection of material is conducted by a competent person and findings
                documented;
         •      any removal of asbestos is recorded in the Asbestos Register;
         •      all asbestos related records:
                o     are kept for a period of forty (40) years from the last day of the entry;
         •      all contractors or volunteers undertaking any work are required to sight the
                Asbestos Register prior to the commencement of any work that may expose them
                to asbestos;
         •      appropriate signage relating to asbestos is displayed;
         •      all risks identified relating to asbestos containing material are controlled or
                eliminated.
3.2      Employees
         Employees must comply with the Worksites’ policy and procedures relating to asbestos.
4.       PROCEDURE
4.1      Identification
         •      A competent person shall determine if any asbestos is present on the worksite, its
                location and its condition in line with the OHS&W Regulations.
         •      The competent person who carried out the initial inspection will provide the
                worksite with an Asbestos Register. A sample register may be developed by a
                competent person using the Asbestos Identification Register Document No 4(a).
         •      Appropriate signage shall be provided to identify all locations with asbestos
                containing material.
         •      Provide employees with information referring to                work    with   asbestos
                http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/show_page.jsp?id=2974
4.2      Assessment
         Annual inspections and reviews will be performed and documented by a competent
         person to determine if any deterioration of asbestos has taken place or any work that
         changed the status of installed asbestos.
4.3      Control
         •      Plan for the removal and elimination of all asbestos present on the worksite.
         •      Appropriate labels and signs warning of asbestos must be displayed and be clearly
                visible to persons who are in the vicinity of the installed asbestos. Signs should
                conform to the Australian Standards AS1319 Safety Signs in the Occupational
                Environment. The wording used on the signs should be appropriate to the situation
                (see examples below):

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         •      All waste asbestos including personal protection equipment may only be disposed
                of at an Environmental Protection Agency licensed waste disposal centre.
4.4      Asbestos removal work
         •      Any work involving the removal of asbestos containing material over 10 Sq meters,
                requires a licensed worker to conduct the work.
         •      All waste asbestos including personal protection equipment may only be disposed
                of at an Environmental Protection Agency licensed waste disposal centre.
         •      A current listing of licensed asbestos removalists’ can be obtained from the
                SafeWork SA website:
                http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/asb_licence_holders.pdf.
4.5      Minor Asbestos Work
         •      Removal of less than 10 sq metres does not require a licensed asbestos
                removalist however, risk must be assessed, controls implemented and referenced
                (e.g. as, regulation etc).
         •      As defined in Regulation 4.2.4(1) OHS&W Regulations);
         •      No asbestos removal work will be undertaken without the approval of the Manager;
         •      A risk assessment will be conducted prior to the commencement of work;
         •      All staff will be informed in relation to Clause 15 (Induction and Training) of the
                Approved Code of Practice for Asbestos Work;
         •      Employees must not drill, cut or sand ACM;
         •      A permit to work must be completed by a contractor performing the work
                (Document – Contractor Management 6(d) V3 (Amended));
         •      Any removal or alteration of asbestos must be noted in the Asbestos Register;
         •      All waste asbestos including personal protection equipment may only be disposed
                of at an Environmental Protection Agency licensed waste disposal centre.
4.6      Management of Exposure
         •      If material has been discovered that is suspected to contain asbestos and has
                created a significant amount of dust or fibres, then:
                o     administer first aid to any injured person;
                o     first aid personnel must wear personal protection equipment;
                o     report it immediately to the Manager so that arrangements can be made to
                      get the area cleaned;
                o     secure the area – remove all persons from the area containing the asbestos;


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                o     a sample is to be collected and sent off for analysis to confirm if the product
                      does or does not contain asbestos. If it is positive, and was not previously
                      identified on the asbestos register, the register shall be updated;
                o     Management to contact CSH&W consultant.
         •      Records of any exposure shall be maintained on the Asbestos Work - Record of
                Exposure Document No 4(b) or recorded documentation provided by a licensed
                contractor.
         •      All waste asbestos including personal protection equipment may only be disposed
                of at an Environment Protection Agency licensed waste disposal centre.
5.       TRAINING
         All employees will be briefed/trained in the requirements of this Policy and Procedure
         during induction and when implemented or amended.
         Employees will be trained (where applicable) in any risk assessments and/or safe
         operating procedures developed as a result of this Policy and Procedure.
6.       REVIEW AND AUDIT
         Compliance with this procedure will be audited according to the internal OHS&W Audit
         Policy Document No. 7 and the CCES Audit Policy.
         This document shall be reviewed within three years of the date of issue. Changes in
         legislation, Catholic Church Corporate and/or Site Policy may necessitate earlier review
         and subsequent amendment or re-issue.
7.       TOOLS
         Asbestos Identification Register Document No. 4(a)
         Asbestos Work - Record of Exposure Document No. 4(b)
8.       REFERENCES
         SA Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare Regulations 1995 Division 4
         Safework SA

ACCEPTED: ………………………………………………….
                Site Responsible Person

DATE: …………………………………………………….




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                      ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION REGISTER
To be used to record any asbestos materials contained in or on any buildings, plant or
structures.


TYPE OF STRUCTURE / PLANT                           STRUCTURE / PLANT NUMBER


NAME OF STRUCTURE                                   LOCATION OF PLANT / STRUCTURE

CONSIDERATIONS                     N/A      A/R        RATING             COMMENTS
Wall and roofing materials
Thermal & acoustic installations
Thermal installation on plant:
*     Air conditioning
*     Water heater
*     Space heater
*     Vehicle exhaust system
*     Vehicle braking system


Water / steam plant
Wet area walls
Wet area flooring
Electrical switch boards
Vinyl-asbestos flooring (tiles)
Fire blankets
Other locations
WARNING SIGN APPLIED                                         DATE     /    /
OWNER/LESSEE NOTIFIED                                        DATE     /    /

LEGEND                                     RATING
N/A - NOT APPLICABLE                       1. Monitor                4. Remove on upgrade
                                           2. Avoid damage           5. To be sealed
A/R - ACTION RECOMMENDED                   3. Remove (damaged)       6. Further assessment


Photo taken: Building / Plant Yes / No      Asbestos Yes / No
INSPECTED BY:
                              PRINT NAME               TITLE                   DATE


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                  ASBESTOS WORK - RECORD OF EXPOSURE
                 (Individual Record for each persons undertaking the work)

Employer:
Name of person exposed: _______________________________
1.    Give a description (and attach photographs) of where the asbestos work was carried
      out;
       ____________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________
2.    Dates of when this work was undertaken;
       ____________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________
3.    Times that this work was undertaken;
       ____________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________
4.    Attach a copy of the Risk Assessment or Job Safety Analysis.
5.    What type of monitoring was carried out:
      Air                 Person                 Contained            Surface
6.    Monitoring Report attached:
      Yes                 No
      If No, name of Contractor: _______________________________________________
7.    List of samples collected from above person;
       ____________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________
8.    Name of Laboratory sample(s) have been forwarded to;
       ____________________________________________________________________
       ____________________________________________________________________
9.    Incident reported by whom and date.
      Name: ________________________________             Date: _______________________
      Has it been investigated:     Yes                      No
      Completed by: __________________________


      Position: ______________________________


      Organisation:___________________________

     THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE RETAINED FOR 40 YEARS

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