Legal Standards for Asbestos

A national ban on the importation, storage, supply, sale, installation or re-use of any product containing asbestos was introduced in December 2003. 

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS 2007 - Part 4.3 Asbestos

The consolidated OHS regulation came into effect in Victoria on July 1, 2007.

The Regulations cover in situ asbestos, demolition and refurbishment. They impose responsibilities and duties on employers, occupiers, self-employed people, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and employees. The regulations also cover a number of asbestos-related activities that are carried out in workplaces.

The Regulations ban the use of all forms of asbestos in all work processes (although there are a number of exemptions).

There are now two Compliance Codes for Asbestos:

The Exposure Standard

The Exposure Standard sets out the time weighted average fibre concentration in the air breathed by a worker calculated over an eight hour working shift. It is now 0.1 fibre/millilitre of air for all forms of asbestos, in all circumstances.

Summary of Part 4.3 Asbestos of the Regulations

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Last updated February 2015

 

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