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REIQ Journal : August 2008
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 43 know about The audit was required to be completed prior to the building being offered for sale or lease, or before any renovations or demolition, and before 1 November 2004. The legislation applied to any building used as a workplace. As of 1 January 2006, all asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are classed as “asbestos materials” and must be recorded in an Asbestos Register. This includes both tightly and loosely bonded or friable asbestos (which were previously known as either “asbestos materials” or “asbestos products”). The changes also sought to bring Queensland laws into line with the rest of Australia under the Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [Nohsc: 2018 (2005)] from 1 January 2006. As reported previously in the REIQ Journal, the deadline for building owners to comply with this new legislation was 31 December 2007. If you have a workplace, where building approval was granted prior to 1990, you must have an Asbestos Register and an Asbestos Management Plan. What are the changes? 1. All states now have similar asbestos laws based on the Commonwealth legislation. asbestos By Don Pitt, General Manager, Quality Building Management 2. Queensland no longer differentiates between various types of asbestos. 3. Anything that contains asbestos is now classed as “asbestos material”. 4. Items previously classified as “asbestos products”, such as asbestos cement sheeting, must now be identified, registered and reviewed annually. 5. If you have previously had an audit only identifying “friable asbestos”, such as insulation, you must now have an update to include all asbestos-containing materials. 6. If you have not had an asbestos audit, you are now in breach of the Workplace Health & Safety Act. You must have a Register and Asbestos Management Plan completed immediately. 7. If asbestos is identified on a premises, Section 9.3.1 of the Code of Practice states that the Asbestos Register, including any risk assessments, should be reviewed every 12 months, or earlier where: a risk assessment indicates the need for reassessment (under section 10.1); or any asbestos-containing material has been disturbed or removed. REIQ Journal August 2008