Departmental staff play a key role in ensuring that any asbestos-containing material (ACM) found in department-owned facilities is managed in such a way as to minimise the risk to students, staff, volunteers, visitors and service providers.
An awareness and understanding of the issues associated with ACM and the department's asbestos management procedures is essential to minimise potential exposure to asbestos at the school or educational workplace.
Central to the department's staff asbestos awareness strategy is 'Asbestos management — your role', informing staff of key requirements for all maintenance, installation, refurbishment and construction related works, undertaken in department-owned facilities.
Asbestos management — your role
No WAAP, no work, no way!
- BEMIR Work Area Access Permits (WAAPs) are a 'permit to work'.
- Service providers must have a current WAAP before any building related work starts at the facility.
Clear out before building related work begins
- No students or staff are to be in the area or room while building related work is underway.
- Asbestos removal work must take place outside of operational hours.
Be asbestos aware, act with care
- Only external service providers are to undertake building related work with assumed or confirmed asbestos-containing material.
- Departmental staff are not to undertake building related work with assumed or confirmed asbestos-containing material.
- Know your asbestos management team and report any damage, incidents or concerns.
Let the professionals take care of the clean
- External service providers are responsible for cleaning up after their own building related work.
- Where an asbestos incident (including accidental damage) has occurred, Building and Asset Services (BAS) or their nominated contractor must undertake the repairs and clean.
Asbestos awareness — annual presentation
Asbestos awareness presentation packages have been developed to assist in providing information to employees in departmental workplaces where there is confirmed and/or assumed asbestos-containing material.
asbestos awareness presentation is an overview delivered annually by the building manager (school principal).
Asbestos Management Team (AMT) training
The asbestos management team (AMT) training package is a 4-hour training presentation developed with the aim of providing an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and processes in relation to asbestos management in department-owned facilities.
Training will be provided on a regular basis, as required, for staff assigned as an AMT member and/or responsible for the management of ACM in department-owned facilities.
Staff housing information
Education staff allocated department housing can access the staff housing page on OnePortal to locate information about maintenance policy and procedures, housing asbestos registers and an asbestos awareness vodcast for tenants.