It is a requirement that persons who manage or control workplaces must identify and record in a register all asbestos containing materials (ACM), so far as is reasonably practicable. Such an assessment is commonly referred to as a ‘Division 5 Assessment’ in Victoria, and where asbestos has been identified or assumed present must be conducted by a ‘competent’ person every 5 years for the purposes of ensuring the register remains up to date. A site asbestos register, once prepared must be accessible to site personnel at all times.
The preparation of an asbestos register involves a non-intrusive site assessment conducted by an experienced Edge licensed asbestos assessor. Asbestos containing materials throughout the site are systematically identified and assessed for the level of risk posed to the occupants of the site.
Once identified, the presence and location of asbestos must be recorded in the asbestos register and clearly indicated. Edge Group has developed a multi-function asbestos data management and reporting web application – Asbestos Edge. If reasonably practicable, labelling must be used to indicate the presence of all asbestos containing material.
Edge Group has standardised industry accepts labels and signage and are able to provide expert advice on the placement to ensure on-going legislative compliance.
If you are developing a property in Melbourne, either for renovation or development, then you must follow correct procedure; which includes arranging for a Division 5 Assessment or Division 6 Assessment to ensure that your property is free from asbestos or organise for its safe removal. An Edge Group asbestos assessment is a requirement for building companies across Victoria. If you have any questions about the assessments, speak to one of the consultants at Edge Group. We are proud to be one of Melbourne’s leading environmental consultancy companies. Get in touch with us today.