An asbestos register is a document that lists all identified or assumed asbestos in a workplace. Its purpose is to provide information on the location of any asbestos in the workplace to avoid accidental damage and exposure.If you manage or have control of a workplace, it is your responsibility to make sure an asbestos register is prepared, maintained and made available at the workplace.The asbestos register must be available to any person carrying out, or intending to carry out work at the workplace, as well as the health and safety representatives of those workers.
The asbestos register must:
The asbestos register must also state that no asbestos is identified at the workplace if the person who manages or controls the workplace knows that no asbestos has been identified and asbestos is not likely to be present in the workplace from time to time.
An asbestos register may also contain information such as:
Where possible asbestos must be labelled. Photographs or drawings are useful for showing the location of asbestos in the workplace.
An asbestos register template is available in the Code of Practice: How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace as well as an example of a completed asbestos register.It is strongly recommended that a competent person collects all samples for testing and the testing is done by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory.A competent person in the identification of asbestos and ACM include:
A list of asbestos assessors and businesses licensed to remove asbestos are available on the NT WorkSafe website.
An asbestos register is not required for a workplace if: