The department's highest priority is the safety of students, staff, volunteers, visitors and service providers. Accordingly, the department's asbestos policy and plan is designed to manage risks relating to asbestos-containing material (ACM) in a stringent and transparent methodology.
policy for the management of asbestos-containing materials in department-owned facilities.
Asbestos management plan (DOC, 20.6MB) provides the operational context for department-owned facilities, and provides clarity regarding the roles and responsibilities in the management of asbestos containing material, and any incidents that may arise.
Condition of ACM in department-owned facilities is managed through:
- an extensive awareness program amongst staff and the school community
- maintenance condition assessments
- 3-yearly asbestos audits conducted by industry professionals
All service providers are required to obtain an authorised work area access permit (WAAP) for all maintenance, installation, refurbishment and construction related works of any description before commencing on-site. The WAAP also includes an asbestos register of known confirmed, assumed and removed ACM. The priority when service providers are on site is to ensure that all work is carried out in a safe manner.
Records of the condition of ACM are maintained in the Department of Housing and Public Works' electronic built environment materials information register (BEMIR) database. BEMIR is updated by building and asset services (BAS) following the completion of works at department-owned facilities or when the condition of ACM changes.
Where a service provider other than BAS conducts work at a department-owned facility, they must advise the principal upon completion of the work of changes or removal of ACM. This advice is provided in additional documentation and attached to the WAAP to assist BAS to update BEMIR.
Information collated from BEMIR is available from the department's
Procedure for removal/repair
The department has clear and concise procedures in place to manage asbestos in state schools and other department-owned facilities.
If ACM, such as fibro wall sheeting, is damaged or disturbed students and staff are immediately isolated from the area. BAS are advised immediately and engaged to make safe, repair or remove ACM, undertake a professional clean and provide a clearance for re-use of the area.
In state schools, it is the principal's responsibility to notify parents and caregivers of asbestos-related incidents.
These procedures are in line with Queensland's work health and safety legislation and the Queensland Government asbestos management policy for its assets available from the
Department of Housing and Public Works' website.