NSW Fair Trading and the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation 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 insulation sample testing.
The loose-fill asbestos ceiling insulation sampling program is classed as a high risk construction activity under the WHS Act 2011 and associated Regulation.
The WHS Management Plan (PDF size: 2.11mb) 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.
As the Principal, DFSI has developed the plan which has been circulated to all LAA’s operating under the contract.
Hazard alerts inform the LAA’s of the hazards they may at work; and the controls which are recommended to manage the risks.
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 and Safety Alerts have been issued under the program.
We have put in place a Contractor Assist Program to support the psychological wellbeing of 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 contract assist program information and contact numbers are made available to to LAA’s through leaflets and wallet cards.
LAA’s requiring additional resources should contact the WHS Advisor or the Inspection Program Manager at the Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation Taskforce.
Additional resources are also available through services including:
The WHS Regulations 2011 require the development of a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) when carrying out high risk construction work.
Under the contract Licensed Asbestos Assessors 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 LAA’s in order to effectively manage risks.
The WHS Regulation 2011 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’.
LAA’s 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:
SafeWork Australia guides:
Health monitoring for exposure to hazardous chemicals
Health monitoring for exposure to hazardous chemicals: Guide for medical practitioners
Health monitoring for exposure to hazardous chemicals: Guide for workers
Free resources available to support your health and wellbeing:
NSW Health Get Healthy- free personal telephone health coaching
Get healthy at work- brief health checks and support to develop and implement your workplace health program
These free apps are another great way of helping you manage your everyday health and fitness:
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