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Resources for Licensed Asbestos Assessors 

NSW Fair Trading and the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) are strongly committed to a safe and healthy workplace for our workers, contractors and visitors. This commitment includes the safe delivery of our projects and programs including the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program.

The resources provided here for Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) are not intended to replace legislative obligations or material developed by SafeWork NSW.

They will be updated as required so they accurately reflect the hazards associated with loose-fill asbestos insulation (LFAI) sample testing.

WHS Program Management Plan 

The loose-fill asbestos ceiling insulation sampling program is classed as a high risk construction activity under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated Regulation.

The WHS Program Management Plan has been developed to address the responsibilities of each party for consultation; management of work health and safety incidents; identification and communication of program specific health and safety rules; and the review of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).

As the Principal, DFSI has developed the plan that has been circulated to all Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) operating under the contract.

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Hazard, Safety and Other Alerts 

Hazard Alerts inform the Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) of the hazards they may face at work; the controls which are recommended to manage the risks; and when the Taskforce identifies the need to share safety guidance preventatively.

Hazard and Safety Alerts are issued when an LAA reports an incident or near miss. Hazard and Safety Alerts are issued directly to all contract organisations for distribution to their workers.

To date, the following Hazard Alerts and Safety Alerts have been issued under the program.

Hazard Alerts

Number

Item

Date Issued

Hazard Alert 1 Electrical Safety - Solar and Alternate Power Sources (PDF size : 315 kb) 26 September 2016
Hazard Alert 2 Working in the Heat (PDF size: 137 kb)

7 October 2016

9 October 2017

Hazard Alert 3 Thunderstorms (PDF size: 197 kb) 31 October 2016
Hazard Alert 4 Management of Power Isolation to Properties with a Solar Battery (PDF : 320 kb) 21 June 2017
Hazard Alert 5 Snakes and Rodents in Ceiling Spaces (PDF : 283 kb) 1 June 2017

Safety Alerts

Number

Item

Date Issued

Safety Alert 1 Funnel Web Spiders (PDF size : 184 kb) 8 September 2016
Safety Alert 2 Heat Related Illness (PDF size: 211 kb)

9 December 2016

Safety Alert 3 Electrical Safety (PDF size: 439 kb) 2 February 2017
Safety Alert 4 Electrical Safety Incident (PDF : 260 kb) 11 April 2017
Safety Alert 5 Wearing Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (PDF : 176 kb) 12 July 2017

Other Alerts

Issuer

Item

Date Issued

NSW Health Avoiding Tick and Spider Bites 8 September 2016
St John First Aid Spider Bite 8 September 2016

SafeWork NSW

Protecting Your Workers from Extreme Heat 7 October 2016

SafeWork NSW

Working in Extreme Heat 7 October 2016

Roads and Maritime Service

State Speed Limit and Updated Codes of Practice 20 October 2016

Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Thunderstorm Safety Tips 31 October 2016

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Lightning Safety Awareness Guide

31 October 2016

NSW Ambulance

Common Sense in Mild Weather 31 October 2016

NSW Health

Mosquitoes are a Health Hazard 15 November 2016
Arrive Alive Safe Driving at Sunrise and Sunset/Dusk and Dawn 21 November 2016
NSW Parks & Wildlife Service Reptile Handler List (PDF size: 109kb) 1 June 2017

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Contractor Assist Program 

We have put in place a Contractor Assist Program to support the psychological wellbeing of Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs).

LAA contractors are encouraged to make contact with the provider 24/7, as needed, in the event of a mental health crisis or work related issue.

The Contractor Assist Program information and contact numbers are made available to LAAs through leaflets and wallet cards.

LAAs requiring additional resources should contact the WHS Advisor or the Inspection Program Manager at the Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation (LFAI) Taskforce.

Additional resources are also available through services including:

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Safe Work Methods Checklist 

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 requires the development of a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) when carrying out high risk construction work.

Under the contract Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) need to submit their SWMS to the Principal for review.

All SWMS have been reviewed against a checklist to maintain a consistent approach. A copy of the checklist with feedback is issued to each LAA.

SWMS are updated throughout the program to reflect any new hazards which may emerge and the controls implemented by LAAs in order to effectively manage risks.

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Health Monitoring 

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 outlines the requirements for health monitoring for workers ‘carrying out asbestos related work where there is a risk of exposure to asbestos when carrying out the work’.

Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) are requested to complete the following register confirming they have undertaken a recent health check or that they are making arrangements to have a health check within a reasonable time frame:

Additional information on health monitoring and asbestos related diseases can be found at the following websites:

Safe Work Australia guides:

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Industry News 

On the spot penalty notices for failure to protect from falls 

The Loose-fill Asbestos Taskforce is focussed on ensuring that its workers and subcontractors remain aware of the risks of working at heights.

If you are not already aware, as from 1 November 2017, SafeWork NSW is empowered to issue on the spot penalty notices of up to $3,600 to employers who fail to protect their employees against falls from heights. The number of fatalities and incidents every year involving falls from heights remain unacceptable.

You will find more information of the announcement at the SafeWork NSW website.

Asbestos Awareness Month

November is Asbestos Awareness Month. To find out how you can support the Asbestos Awareness Campaign visit: www.asbestosawareness.com.au.

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Health and Wellbeing 

Free resources available to support your health and wellbeing:

NSW Health - Get Healthy NSW - free personal telephone health coaching

Get Healthy at Work - brief health checks and support to develop and implement your workplace health program

Heart Foundation

Diabetes Australia

Roads & Maritime and Transport for NSW

HealthDirect

NSW Health

Health and wellbeing apps

These free apps are another great way of helping you manage your everyday health and fitness:

Quit Now: My QuitBuddy – quit smoking app

Smiling Mind – meditation and mindfulness app

Diabetes Australia 

Triple Zero 

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