Asbestos – Are you compliant?
Asbestos can often be overlooked when considering the possibility of leasing or purchasing/selling a building. It is important to understand your obligations in regards to asbestos management and registers.
There are new regulations in Queensland dealing with asbestos management in workplace buildings. If you are the owner, or have management or control over a building used as a workplace, you must have an asbestos register for that premises unless:
1. The building was constructed after 31 December 2003; and
2. No asbestos has been identified at the workplace; and
3. No asbestos is likely to be present at the workplace from time to time.
The previous legislation only required workplace buildings constructed before 1 January 1990 to have an asbestos register.
If you were not required to have an asbestos register under the old legislation, you have until 31 December 2014 to comply with the new requirements. This means you have until 31 December 2014 to have your building inspected and a register to be created.
If there is found to be asbestos in the premises, an asbestos management plan must be written, be readily accessible to workers and others at the workplace, kept up to date and reviewed at least once every 5 years.
Regardless of whether you believe your building has no asbestos, if the building was constructed before 1 January 2004, you must have an asbestos register showing there is no asbestos present.
So if you are looking to lease, sell or buy premises that are a workplace, then you should consider whether an asbestos register is or should be in place.
Written by Kasen Stevens