Commercial property owners
(Person with management or control)
If you are a commercial property owner who leases or rents, for example, a building or part of a building to a business or businesses, then you may have obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 to the extent of your management or control.
A commercial property leased or rented to businesses (i.e. employers) is regarded as a workplace under Victoria’s health and safety laws.
If you engage a property manager, then the responsibility of managing asbestos may be delegated to the property manager. However, legal duties in relation to health and safety (including managing asbestos) cannot be delegated and you, as the owner, are ultimately responsible for ensuring such workplaces are safe and without risks to health so far as is reasonably practicable. You should therefore ensure the property owner is competent in performing their role, which may include the need to manage asbestos.
The sections below provide detailed information about your responsibilities for managing asbestos: