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Manage Asbestos Policy

1. Background

Building products containing asbestos, commonly called 'asbestos-cement', 'fibro' or 'AC', was widely used until the early 1980s in many Australian homes, including Land and Housing Corporation properties.

All building products containing asbestos were banned nationally in the 1980s.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all parties residing in, managing a tenancy or performing work on residential properties owned by NSW Land and Housing Corporation or the Aboriginal Housing Office.

3. Policy statement

Land and Housing Corporation tenants, staff and contractors, including agencies engaged for tenancy management, have a responsibility to report and take steps to resolve potential asbestos hazards in Land and Housing Corporation owned residential properties as soon as they become aware of them.

Land and Housing Corporation consider that any disturbance to asbestos, in its residential properties is a potential health risk. Disturbance includes natural (weathering) mechanical, flood or fire actions.

Land and Housing Corporation will investigate reports of property damage to materials that may contain asbestos, manage its actions in working with asbestos and take all reasonable, timely and practical actions to protect the health of all parties involved.

Land and Housing Corporation will:

  1. Ask tenants, managing agents, and contractors to report any damaged to asbestos containing materials in their properties.
  2. Investigate reports of damaged materials that may contain asbestos in Land and Housing Corporation and Aboriginal Housing Office properties.
  3. Investigate complaints of unsafe work practices by contractors handling asbestos material.
  4. Ensure any maintenance or demolition work in properties that may have asbestos containing materials is done safely in compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act and legislations.
  5. Require all parties to report potential asbestos risks in properties so that Land and Housing Corporation can take steps to resolve them.
  6. Require contractors to be appropriately licensed if handling asbestos material.
  7. Require contractors to develop on site safe work method statements and have appropriate supervision of work in compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act, legislation and Code of Practice.

4. Legislation and compliance

The management of materials containing asbestos will be dealt with in accordance with the following:

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Last updated: 14 Sep 2023