You must have an appropriate asbestos removal license when performing asbestos removal work that exceeds quantities permitted as limited asbestos removal work.
Before performing asbestos removal work, an asbestos removal licence holder must notify WorkSafe. The time frames associated with the notifications are:
at least 24 hours before commencing asbestos removal work - if the total area to be removed consists of 10 square metres or less of non-friable asbestos containing-material
within 24 hours of commencing the asbestos removal work - if the asbestos removal work is undertake as the result of an unexpected situation (as per regulation 299 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017)
at least 5 days before the asbestos removal work commences - in all other cases.
When your workers work with asbestos and lead, they must have regular examinations with a registered medical practitioner.
Asbestos: Employers must arrange for appropriate medical examinations to be conducted for employees engaged in ongoing asbestos-related activities.
Lead: Employers must arrange medical examinations and biological monitoring for workers in lead-risk jobs. A registered medical practitioner will do medical examinations and supervise biological monitoring.
notify of schedule 2 hazardous chemicals exceeding manifest quantities
amend your existing details
advise you are no longer using, storing or handling schedule 2 hazardous chemicals at the workplace and it is not likely that schedule 2 hazardous chemicals will be used, stored or handled in future.
Please note the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Amendment (Notification) Regulations 2021 came into effect on 1 July 2021 (Amended Notification Regulations).
This information has not yet been updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Amended Notification Regulations. Complying with the guidance after 1 July 2021 may not necessarily mean compliance with a duty under the Amended Notification Regulations.
Since 1 July 2014, you are no longer required to register items of plant with WorkSafe or re-register every five years.
Advances in technology have allowed WorkSafe to rely on other sources, including an extensive network of stakeholders and suppliers, for information about the location of plant in Victoria.
However, you are still required to notify WorkSafe before undertaking certain activities, such as asbestos removal.
Please note: Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, employers must still provide or maintain plant or systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.
An employer must keep a record of any inspection and maintenance carried out on plant specified in regulation 106 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 for the period that the employer or self-employed person has management or control of the plant.
Plant that required item registration until 1 July 2014 continues to be regulated by Part 3.5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.
For plant specified in Schedule 2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, plant designs and designs that have been altered to the point that new control measures are necessary, must be registered with WorkSafe.