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REIQ Journal : August 2008
www.qbm.com.au ASBESTOS “ QBM will keep you up to date The laws have changed regarding asbestos, and they require immediate action. Under Government legislation as at 1 January 2006, all asbestos — both tightly and loosely bonded or friable (previously known as materials and products), are to be classed as “asbestos materials” or “ACM” and recorded in an Asbestos Register. The deadline for building owners to comply with this new Legislation is 31 December 2007. Are you prepared? Important: If you own or manage a workplace built prior to 1990, you MUST have a full asbestos audit. If you do not, you are in breach of the Workplace Health and Safety Act and you must have an audit immediately. Natural Asbestos The danger of doing nothing Penalties apply to owners who do not abide by the act. Far more serious, however, is the danger asbestos poses to people’s health. It is estimated that the number of people diagnosed with asbestos related diseases will not peak until 2020 — by then there will be 13,000 cases of mesothelioma and up to 40,000 cases of asbestos-related lung cancer*. Asbestos is a deadly material. You can protect the health of people around you by calling QBM for an asbestos audit today. *Estimated by Prof Henderson, Flinders University, www.adfa.org.au The solution is simple QBM can guide you through the entire asbestos-detection process. Here’s what we can do for you: • Provide an obligation-free quote for an asbestos audit that will remain valid for 12 months • Send one of our trained inspectors to perform the audit Many building owners have only ever had an audit for asbestos materials (“friable asbestos”). Now the audit must include what were called asbestos products, such as asbestos cement sheeting to walls and ceilings, vinyl fl oor coverings, roofi ng, fencing, gutters, pipes, etc. There are thousands of products made from asbestos—and more are being discovered all the time. Do not let your building slip through the cracks and breach the Act. Make sure you stay One Step Ahead with QBM. • Give you a comprehensive written report of the fi ndings—an Asbestos Materials Report & Register (AMRR)—which contains details of the location, type, condition, risk rating and photographic evidence of any asbestos within the building or complex • All sampling will be analysed at an National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory • Provide you with an Asbestos Management Plan to complete your obligation under the Act Breathe easy, with QBM by your side. The experts in the fi eld Quality Building Management is widely recognised as a leader in the building management industry, with over 40 years dedicated experience protecting property owners, bodies corporate and workplace managers from the ever-changing complexity of building legislation — and ensuring you stay One Step Ahead. If you own or manage a workplace built prior to 1990, you MUST have a full asbestos audit. We’ve got you covered Asbestos is just one of the many areas in which QBM can help you stay well informed and up to date with the latest legislation. ” Below is a list of other areas in which we can offer you guidance and assistance, taking a load off your mind and keeping you One Step Ahead. Sinking Fund Forecast Safety Risk Assessments Insurance Valuations Asbestos Report & Registers Australian Standard Glass Inspections Building Defect Assessment Consultancy and Tailored Reporting Pre-6 Year BSA Warranty Inspection Pre-6 Month BSA Warranty Inspection Stay One Step Ahead and call QBM today on 1300 880 466 Stay One Step Ahead and call QBM today on 1300 880 466 www.qbm.com.au email@example.com