This is a general awareness program aimed at persons who require a generic overview. This also includes references of where to find more in-depth information and WorkCover NSW publications.
Australian Government, State and Territory occupational health and safety legislation requires persons in control of premises to consult with health and safety representatives and other workers at the workplace on occupational health and safety issues. This legislation makes it mandatory for organisations to minimise and control the risks employees might encounter as a result of possible asbestos exposure. Information and training must be provided to workers, contractors and others who may come into contact with Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in a workplace, either directly or indirectly.
Asbestos is a toxic substance that has been used in hundreds of products to be found both at home and in the workplace. Exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma – a rare cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart – and other diseases. People who work in the trades, services and maintenance sector are particularly likely to encounter asbestos regularly. It’s important to know how to handle it safely to avoid health risks.
Health surveillance is an important part of monitoring exposure to hazardous substances, including asbestos to ensure the health and safety of people in workplaces. The main purpose of monitoring is to ensure that control measures are effective and to provide an opportunity to reinforce specific preventative measures and safe work practices.
The need for health surveillance should be determined by an assessment of potential for exposure to asbestos in accordance with the requirements of the WHS Regulation 2017.
- Definitions of asbestos
- What is asbestos?
- Types of asbestos
- A brief history
- Where asbestos materials are found
- Health aspects of exposure to asbestos
- Health surveillance
- Asbestos management plan
- Identification of ACM
- Risk assessment
- Planning removal of ACM
A Certificate of Attendance and our photo *Skills Card is issued to each successful participant.
* A Skills Card will only be issued if suitable photos of participants are provided.
(Allowing extra time on the day, photos may be taken by the Trainer.)
Approximately 4 hours
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