Laws and guidance
There are a number of laws, compliance codes and guidance documents that can help you understand your obligations relating to asbestos.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 outline all responsibilities and duties relating to health and safety in Victoria. Part 4.3 of the Regulations deals specifically with asbestos.
VWA issues Compliance Codes to provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the OHS Act and regulations. For asbestos the:
- Managing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code provides information on how you can safely manage asbestos in your workplace, and the
- Removing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code provides information on how you can arrange for the safe removal of asbestos from your workplace.
A Dangerous Goods Order relating to asbestos was issued on 28 June 2007. This order prohibits the removal of asbestos that is not fixed to or installed in a building, structure, ship or plant at any workplace, except under certain circumstances.
VWA has also issued a number of asbestos related publications and guidance materials.