The main asbestos exposure route is inhalation of airborne asbestos fibres in the workplace. To reduce exposure it is a legislative requirement that all Australian workplaces containing asbestos must be audited and have an Asbestos Register onsite of all known or suspected asbestos containing materials.
The person in control of premises such as a building owner, building manager or employer must ensure an Asbestos Audit is carried out and an Asbestos Register is onsite at all times. This fulfills their obligations by:
Minimise exposure to legal liabilities from tenant’s contractors and/or employees
Avoid unfavourable media exposure, publicity and union stop work action
A work place must contain an annually updated register of all asbestos materials onsite, the Asbestos Register must be produced by a competent person and all materials must be labeled. Failure to comply with legislation can result in a punishable fine.