Resources for licensed asbestos assessors

NSW Fair Trading and the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) are committed to a safe and healthy workplace for our workers, contractors and visitors. This commitment includes the safe delivery of our projects and programs including the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program.

The resources provided here for Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs)should not replace legislative obligations or material developed by SafeWork NSW. They are updated as required so they’ll accurately reflect the hazards associated with loose-fill asbestos insulation (LFAI) sample testing.

WHS Program Management Plan

The loose-fill asbestos ceiling insulation sampling program is classed as a high risk construction activity under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated Regulation.

The WHS Program Management Plan has been developed to address the responsibilities of each party for consultation; management of work health and safety incidents; identification and communication of program specific health and safety rules; and the review of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS).

As the Principal, DFSI has developed the plan that has been circulated to all Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) operating under the contract.

Hazard, Safety and Other Alerts

Hazard Alerts inform the Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) of the hazards they may face at work, the controls which are recommended to manage the risks, and when the Taskforce identifies the need to share safety guidance.

Hazard and Safety Alerts are issued when an LAA reports an incident or near miss. Hazard and Safety Alerts are issued directly to all contract organisations for distribution to their workers.

To date, the following Hazard Alerts and Safety Alerts have been issued under the program.

Hazard Alerts

Safety Alerts

Number

Item

Date Issued

Safety Alert 1

Funnel Web Spiders (PDF, 183.07 KB)

8 September 2016

Safety Alert 2

Heat Related Illness (PDF, 210.95 KB)

9 December 2016

Safety Alert 3

Electrical Safety (PDF, 439.35 KB)

2 February 2017

Safety Alert 4

Electrical Safety Incident (PDF, 259.61 KB)

11 April 2017

Safety Alert 5

Wearing Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (PDF, 328.81 KB)

12 July 2017

Safety Alert 6

Electrical Hazards When Working in Ceiling Spaces (PDF, 137.45 KB)

19 December 2017

Other Alerts

Issuer

Item

Date Issued

NSW Health

Avoiding Tick and Spider Bites

8 September 2016

St John First Aid

Spider Bite

8 September 2016

SafeWork NSW

Protecting Your Workers from Extreme Heat

7 October 2016

SafeWork NSW

Working in Extreme Heat

7 October 2016

Roads and Maritime Service

State Speed Limit and Updated Codes of Practice

20 October 2016

Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Thunderstorm Safety Tips

31 October 2016

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Lightning Safety Awareness Guide

31 October 2016

NSW Ambulance

Common Sense in Mild Weather (PDF, 80.23 KB)

31 October 2016

NSW Health

Mosquitoes are a Health Hazard

15 November 2016

Arrive Alive

Safe Driving at Sunrise and Sunset/Dusk and Dawn

21 November 2016

NSW Parks & Wildlife Service

Reptile Handler List (PDF size: 109kb)

1 June 2017

Contractor Assist Program

We have put in place a Contractor Assist Program to support the psychological wellbeing of Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs).

LAA contractors are encouraged to make contact with the provider 24/7, as needed, in the event of a mental health crisis or work related issue. The Contractor Assist Program information and contact numbers are made available to LAAs through leaflets and wallet cards.

LAAs requiring additional resources should contact the WHS Advisor or the Inspection Program Manager at the Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation (LFAI) Taskforce.

Additional resources are also available through services including:

Safe Work Methods Checklist

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 requires the development of a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) when carrying out high risk construction work.

Under the contract Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) need to submit their SWMS to the Principal for review.

All SWMS have been reviewed against a checklist to maintain a consistent approach. A copy of the checklist with feedback is issued to each LAA.

SWMS are updated throughout the program to reflect any new hazards which may emerge and the controls implemented by LAAs in order to effectively manage risks.

Download the SWMS Review Checklist (DOC, 170 KB).

Health Monitoring

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 outlines the requirements for health monitoring for workers ‘carrying out asbestos related work where there is a risk of exposure to asbestos when carrying out the work’.

Licensed Asbestos Assessors (LAAs) need to complete the following register confirming they have undertaken a recent health check or that they are making arrangements to have a health check within a reasonable time frame:

Safe Work Australia guides:

Industry News

If you are not already aware, as from 1 November 2017, SafeWork NSW can issue on the spot penalty notices of up to $3,600 to employers who fail to protect their employees against falls from heights. The number of fatalities and incidents every year involving falls from heights remain unacceptable. Visit the SafeWork NSW website to find out more.

Asbestos Awareness Month

November is Asbestos Awareness Month. Visit Asbestos Awareness website to find out how you can support the campaign.

Health and Wellbeing

Free resources available to support your health and wellbeing:

Health and wellbeing apps

These free apps are another great way of helping you manage your everyday health and fitness:

Quit Now: My QuitBuddy – quit smoking app

Smiling Mind – meditation and mindfulness app

Diabetes Australia

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