Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.
Yes, if your school consists of any materials containing asbestos.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (Vic) aim is to prevent asbestos related disease among employees likely to be exposed to airborne asbestos in the workplace.
The Regulations require employers and occupiers with fixed asbestos in buildings or plant undertake a process of:
- identifying whether asbestos is present in the workplace (e.g. building, structure, plant)
- assessing the risk of exposure of employees to the asbestos
- controlling any risk of exposure
- clearly indicate the presence and location of asbestos in the workplace.
Any maintenance, refurbishment, demolition or capital works involving the removal or disturbance of asbestos must be carried out by contractors approved by the Victorian WorkCover Authority. Schools should check that these contractors have the required level of public liability and current asbestos insurance, and that the asbestos-removal activities comply with the Regulations.
Under the Regulations, occupiers and employers have a number of duties including, but not restricted to:
- maintain an asbestos register
- provision of information, instruction and training to employees
- consultation, if practicable, with the health and safety representative
- maintenance and retention of records related to asbestos issues.
You may be in breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).
- Vic DET: Asbestos Management (includes links to Asbestos Management Plan and Hazardous Building Materials Procedure)
- Environmental Protection Authority
- Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017
- WorkSafe Victoria: Asbestos
- WorkSafe Victoria: Asbestos Register