An asbestos report should include:
1. Summary of Asbestos Containing Materials located, Asbestos Registry Audit Form & Photos.
1.1 Notes and Further Recommendations
2.1 Removal of asbestos.
2.2 Policy development for asbestos products.
2.3 Signage and labeling.
3. Scope of the inspection.
4. Methodology of the inspection.
5. Limitations of the inspection.
6. Legislative requirements.
7. Terms used in Asbestos Registers
8. Maintenance Work Flow-Chart.
9. Health risks of Asbestos.
10. Glossary of terms
Queensland’s Workplace Health & Safety Amendment Regulation (No.1) 2000, Section 69 refers to “asbestos materials” installed in the building, including in essential plant in or on the building. The Workplace Health and Safety Regulations – 1997 defines “asbestos materials” as “installed thermal or acoustic insulation materials comprising or containing asbestos”.
Examples of installed thermal or acoustic insulation materials comprising or containing asbestos would be:-
• Asbestos lagging on steam/hot water pipes
• Asbestos material sprayed on steel beams
• Asbestos millboard installed in air-conditioning ductwork where heater banks are present
This type of material may be referred to as friable asbestos products, which means that it is loosely bound and could quite easily liberate fibres to the air if disturbed.
The more common use of asbestos in Queensland is in the form of gaskets, brake shoes, and building products, e.g. fibro sheeting and pipe work and some vinyl floor tiles. The asbestos fibres in this type of material are bound into a matrix of cement, plastic or resin and as such are not likely to be liberated into the air if disturbed. These materials may be referred to as bonded asbestos products.
Bonded asbestos products are not covered by the new legislation.