Asbestos Surveys – requirements for owners

From 1 January 2012 new requirements for asbestos increased the depth and breadth of inspection, signage, planning and documentation. Which strata buildings must comply?
All strata buildings that contain a common property workplace built before 1 January 2004 must comply. Why this date? It may surprise you to know that while asbestos in the form of Crocidolite was phased out from 1967, asbestos in the forms including Amosite were used until late 2003 and not fully banned from use until 31 December 2003.
What are the asbestos survey requirements?
There is a requirement to survey the building area and identify all loose and friable asbestos as well as stable kinds found in building materials called Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). ACM is found in all kinds of building materials.

What are the best steps to compliance?

Step 1. Get a survey done Review your portfolio and list which buildings were completed before 1st January 2004 (include buildings completed before 2004 and then strata titled at a later date) Obtain permission to order an asbestos survey as necessary for properties on the list. 

Step vs2. Act on survey results All surveys where asbestos or ACM is found, must be kept onsite and available. If asbestos or ACM is found a new compliant asbestos register should be established onsite and made available. An Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) is also to be provided to those who might be at risk. A quality AMP will tell you all you need to know. Courtesy Strata Community Australia website:  www.stratacommunity.org.au
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