Information Resources

Useful Publications

The following is a list of useful publications made available through various federal, state and local organisations that are available for free online. Please note that many of the publications available through these sites are in PDF format and require you to download the Acrobat Reader  in order to view the files.

 


  

Asbestos in Australia 

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Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR)

The AMR is a stand-alone database that contains information about people with mesothelioma and monitors all new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in Australia since 1 July, 2010.

Safe Work Australia, an Australian Government agency, fully funds the AMR. The information collected by the AMR will help the Australian Government develop policies to best deal with the asbestos still present in Australia's buildings and environment, with the aim of reducing mesothelioma in the future.

Victorian Government Health Information

The Victorian Government Health Information website has been developed to provide a repository for health-related information generated by the Department of Human Services, its funded agencies and special interest groups. The site is also available for use by government-approved, non-for-profit agencies.

Safework Australia

Safe Work Australia is an Australian Government statutory agency established in 2009, with the primary responsibility of improving work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. The agency is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments facilitated through an intergovernmental agreement signed in July 2008.

Safe Work Australia represents a genuine partnership between governments, unions and industry. Together they work towards the goal of reducing death, injury and disease in the workplace.


Asbestos Legislation

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Australasian Legal Information Institute

Asbestos Diseases Compensation Bill 2008

This is a Bill introduced in the Victorian Parliament for an Act to permit the awarding of provisional damages to persons suffering from asbestos-related conditions, to amend the Accident Compensation Act 1985 in relation to actions relating to asbestos-related conditions, to amend the Wrongs Act 1958 in relation to dependants' claims for damages arising from deaths caused by dust-related conditions and for other purposes.


Asbestos Testing & Sampling

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National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)

NATA acts as the national authority for accreditation of laboratories conducting tests, calibrations and measurements in a wide spectrum of technical fields; the national body for accreditation of producers of certified reference materials; and a peak authority for the accreditation of inspection bodies.


Asbestos Removal

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OHS Reps @ Work

The OHS Reps @ Work website is developed by the Victorian Trades Hall Council's (VTHC) Occupational Health and Safety Unit with the help of WorkSafe Victoria. The website provides health and safety reps with information and advice on how to address and resolve workplace issues.

The Victorian Trades Hall Council (03 9662 3511) maintains a list of licensed removalists who have also signed an agreement with the VTHC to operate according to a code of conduct. We recommend that any asbestos removal be undertaken by one of the removalists on our list, which is updated every three months. All removalists on the VTHC list are licensed by WorkSafe Victoria as required under the regulations.  

Important Note: While the VTHC cannot guarantee the quality of work performed by the listed removalists, the Asbestos Committee monitors their adherence to the Agreement and Code of Conduct and reserves the right to remove a company not complying. If you have any concerns that a removalist on the register has not adhered to any condition of the Agreement or the Code, please contact us at the Unit on 03 9662 3511.


Asbestos Disposal

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It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste at other sites, in household rubbish bins, or skips.

Asbestos waste can only be disposed of at facilities licensed by the Environment Protection Authority to accept asbestos waste. The EPA has generated a map of Victorian landfills licensed to receive asbestos to assist in identifying the closest disposal option. Landfills are categorised as Domestic (householder DIY), Commercial & Domestic, and Commercial only.

 


Asbestos in the workplace

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WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria is the manager of Victoria's workplace safety system. WorkSafe Victoria enforces Victoria's occupational health and safety laws, helps injured workers back into the workforce and manages the workers' compensation scheme by ensuring the prompt delivery of appropriate services and adopting prudent financial practices.

Management or Control of Workplaces Compliance Code

This compliance code is aimed at people who have management or control of workplaces or plant where there may be a risk of exposure to asbestos. This compliance code should be read in conjunction with Part 4.3 – Asbestos of the Regulations.

The code provides practical guidance to assist duty holders to meet their regulatory duties, such as identifying asbestos in workplaces and plant, and implementing control measures to reduce the risk to health. It also provides information about the legal requirements for workplaces where asbestos-related activities are carried out.

Removalists Compliance Code

This compliance code is aimed at asbestos removalists – both licensed and those that perform permitted limited asbestos work without a licence. It should be read in conjunction with Part 4.3 – Asbestos – of the Regulations.

Safework Australia

Safe Work Australia is an Australian Government statutory agency established in 2009, with the primary responsibility of improving work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. The agency is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments facilitated through an intergovernmental agreement signed in July 2008.

Safe Work Australia represents a genuine partnership between governments, unions and industry. Together they work towards the goal of reducing death, injury and disease in the workplace.

Model Code of Practice - How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage risks associated with asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM) at the workplace and thereby minimise the incidence of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

Model Code of Practice - How to Safely Remove Asbestos

This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking who have duties under the WHS Act and WHS Regulations applying in a jurisdiction to safely remove asbestos from all workplaces including structures, plant and equipment.

OHS @ Work

The OHS Reps @ Work website is developed by the Victorian Trades Hall Council's (VTHC) Occupational Health and Safety Unit with the help of WorkSafe Victoria. The VTHC website provides health and safety reps with information and advice on how to address and resolve workplace issues.


Asbestos in the home

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The enHealth guide 'Asbestos: A guide for householders and the general public' provides useful information to enable householders to sensibly and safely manage the risks arising from any occasional encounters with asbestos materials in and around their homes.

The guide was developed by the Environmental Health Subcommittee (enHealth), which is made up of representatives from the Australian Government and state and territory governments. enHealth is a subcommittee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

VTHC and Asbestos in the Home

The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) provides information on a number of different topics to do with asbestos in the home.

Asbestos in homes, and the removal of it, is not regulated under OHS legislation, UNLESS the home becomes a worksite - that is, if workers are undertaking work at a private residence. If this is the case, then the asbestos chapter (Part 4.3) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2007 applies.

ACT Government

The ACT has led the way with legislation requiring the identification and audit of asbestos in domestic dwellings and these easy to follow fact sheets are very helpful.


Asbestos related diseases

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National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases

The National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD) is a research centre funded by the federal government as part of the Government's Strengthening Cancer Care package with measures aimed at prevention, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families.

Their researchers and collaborators conduct world class research into all aspects of asbestos related diseases and cancers.

Current research projects

Cancer Council Victoria

Mesothelioma and other lung diseases associated with asbestos (PDF)

Survivng Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient's Guide

In June 1997, Paul Kraus was diagnosed with mesothelioma and given only a few months to live. He worked with his doctors to create his own regimen to heal his mesothelioma and fifteen years later he is alive and enjoys a good quality of life. This site provides vital information about all things related to mesothelioma including treatments, approaches and Paul's book, Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient's Guide.

The Virtual medical Centre

The Virtual Medical Centre is Australia's leading medical information website. It delivers the latest medical information written by medical professionals.

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