Asbestos Awareness and Management

In 2010, the Australian Government established the Asbestos Management Review. This was deemed necessary as Australia had the highest rate of asbestos use in the world. Between the end of World War II and 1987, it is estimated that one in three Australian houses were built with asbestos containing materials. This has led to Australia, along with the UK, having the highest incidence of asbestos related deaths worldwide.

Based on recommendations from this review, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Bill was passed on June 20 2013. As such, The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency came into inception on 1 July. They have been charged with the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management. The purpose of this plan is to ensure that a nationally consistent and coherent approach to the eradication, handling and awareness of asbestos exists. Consequently, the agency will work in partnership with all levels of government, industry, unions and support groups to achieve this aim. This is significant as it is the first time a coordinated approach to eradicating and handling asbestos beyond the workplace has been adopted.

The goal of the national plan is to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres, thereby eliminating asbestos related disease in Australia.

This will be achieved by:

  • increasing public awareness of the dangers posed by working with or being exposed to asbestos;
  • developing the implementation of a prioritised removal program across Australia;
  • developing nationally consistent better practice in asbestos handling and management;
  • coordinating national research to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos for the Australian community; and
  • playing a leadership role in a global campaign for a worldwide asbestos ban.

This Bill plays a critical role in helping to achieve the goal of an asbestos free Australia by 2030. This objective aligns with one of the major services which AD Envirotech delivers in helping to ensure that workplaces, industries and private property comply with health and safety legislation, codes of practice, standards and policies and procedures. Consequently, by minimising risk, including risk from asbestos, the welfare of all Australians is enhanced. AD Envirotech is actively ensuring that all work conducted falls in line with the requirements of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency so that the best quality of work can continue to be provided.

NSW

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