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Asbestos Audits

As an employer you have a legal responsibility to manage the risk of asbestos in your workplace. Before being banned in Australia in 2003, asbestos was commonly used in in a large variety of building products which remain present in many buildings throughout Australia, either accessible or hidden.

What Is The Purpose Of An Asbestos Audit?

Asbestos presents a significant risk when it is in poor condition or disturbed and its fibers become airborne.  An asbestos audit will fulfill your duty to identify and assess, as far as reasonably practicable, the risk of asbestos in the workplace by locating ACM in any of your buildings and establishing the condition and likelihood of disturbance. 

Specifically, your asbestos audit will tell you:

Asbestos Audits are not optional, they are a legal requirement.

Asbestos Audit

What are Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral fibre and was used extensively because it was flexible, strong, affordable and could insulate from heat and electricity. Australia used to have one of the highest rates of asbestos use per person in the world until the mid-1980s. 

ACM is any material, object, product or debris that contains asbestos. As asbestos was so widely used, many buildings or renovations from before 1990 contain materials with asbestos.
Also, whilst the importation of ACM is prohibited, there have been instances where imported building materials have contained asbestos. Some countries are still mining asbestos today.

Asbestos can take different forms, and some physical states of asbestos are more dangerous than others. ACM are either friable or non-friable.

What is the Asbestos Audit Process?

The highly regulated nature of asbestos necessitates a partner who is always completely up to date with all the regulations and legislation. JTA’s skilled Occupational Hygienists have the expertise and knowledge to deal with all aspects of asbestos and provide practical advice on how to manage it properly, safely and in compliance with legislative requirements. 

Each State and Territory has their own requirements in relation to asbestos however, generally, there are two situations which require an asbestos audit to be conducted:

General  Asbestos Audit
Known as a Division 5 Asbestos Audit in Victoria.

If asbestos is present in your buildings or you suspect it is, you must conduct an asbestos audit as part of your risk management to identify the type, location, condition and friability of ACM, to ensure employees working within the building and contractors who may work on the building are not at risk of exposure to asbestos. This is a non-invasive audit and fulfils the duty of the employer/PCBU to identify and assess, as far as reasonably practicable, the risk of asbestos in the workplace.

Demolition/ Refurbishment Asbestos Audit
Known as a Division 6 Asbestos Audit in Victoria.

This is a more invasive inspection, which expands the general asbestos audit to include the identification  of any concealed or hidden asbestos that may be disturbed during the planned demolition/ refurbishment works. This is a legal requirement before carrying out works where asbestos is present or suspected in the building or has been identified elsewhere at the workplace.

Our Asbestos Audit Includes:

We have a NATA Accredited Lab (accreditation no. 2038) for the analysis of airborne asbestos and synthetic mineral fibre. Having a fully operational, in-house NATA Accredited Testing Laboratory means that we can offer you fast, accurate and confidential analytical results from the lab at our office or our field lab

As part of our ongoing service, we can inform you when you need another Asbestos Audit, identify when it’s necessary to review your Asbestos Register, help you develop and maintain an Asbestos Management Plan, conduct Asbestos Air Monitoring, provide an Asbestos Removal Clearance Certificate or present tailored Asbestos Awareness Training.

What is an Asbestos Register?

An asbestos register is a critical document that lists all identified or assumed asbestos in a workplace. Its purpose is to provide information on the location and type of any asbestos in the workplace to avoid accidental disturbance and exposure. 

What are my Asbestos Audit legislative requirements?

All workplace buildings are legally required to have an asbestos register and for it to be regularly maintained to ensure the ongoing management of ACM in your workplace and the information in the register is always up to date.

A workplace must review and revise their asbestos register at least once every five years or earlier if:

When do I need an Asbestos Management Plan?

An Asbestos Management Plan is required whenever asbestos has been identified or is presumed to be present in a workplace. It should outline how asbestos risks are controlled and detail procedures for emergencies, maintenance, and monitoring. It will include a link to the asbestos register, the locations of signs and labels, safe work procedures and control measures; and procedures for detailing accidents, incidents or emergencies. A person with management or control of the workplace must ensure that the asbestos management plan is maintained to ensure the information in the plan is up to date.

Your Asbestos Management Plan needs to be updated at least once every 5 years or when:


JTA has helped businesses comply with asbestos regulations for over 35 years. As asbestos specialists, we have a proven track record in identification, assessment and management. Our consultants are all highly trained and experienced in asbestos audits.



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