Asbestos Report


Why do I need an Asbestos Report?

An Asbestos Report is a term developed by BIV Reports Pty limited and includes BOTH an Asbestos Register and an Asbestos Management Plan. In NSW and the ACT, the Work, Health and Safety legislation an Asbestos Register is mandatory for all commercial, retail, industrial and mixed use residential properties that contain a common property workplace built before 31 December 2003.

Asbestos Reports

There are requirements under Work, Health and Safety legislation to prepare and display an Asbestos Register at a workplace. In addition, an Asbestos Management Plan has to be implemented and reviewed periodically.

Asbestos Register

An Asbestos Register identifies Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) and where it is located on the subject property.

A complying Asbestos Register has the following minimum features

  • a proper Risk Assessment has been carried out on each identified item
  • appropriate control measures and hierarchy of control to limit the exposure to the ACM
  • whether the ACM is non-friable, or friable (able to be crushed with hand pressure)
  • identification of the size and extent of the ACM
  • the type or name of the ACM product
  • the specific location of any ACM
  • whether the ACM is accessible
  • the condition of the ACM,
  • the contamination risk
  • amongst other things

Asbestos Management Plan

An Asbestos Management Plan sets out the way in which the Asbestos or ACM is to be treated, for example, whether using a hierarchy of controls or simply left in place and continually monitored.

A complying Asbestos Management Plan contains the following minimum information

  • the date to commence and date to complete any proposed works
  • the person responsible for implementing the control measures
  • the recommended control measures
  • the size and extent of the ACM
  • the location of the item
  • the item description
  • amongst other things

Legislative requirements

For those States that have adopted the Model Work Health and Safety legislation the key clauses dealing with Asbestos are contained in Clauses 422 to 430 of the Model Regulation.

Assumed asbestos

Clause 422(2) allows a competent person who reasonably believes that the material contains asbestos to assume that the material is ACM. Sub-clause (4) states that 'If asbestos or ACM is assumed to be present at a workplace, it is taken to be identified at the workplace.'


Clause 423(1) states that 'A person with management or control of a workplace may identify asbestos or ACM by arranging for a sample of material at the workplace to be analysed for the presence of asbestos or ACM.'

There is no legislative requirement for any samples to be tested. In fact the key principle in dealing with Asbestos or ACM is that the material NOT BE DISTURBED. Unfortunately, some people believe that it is acceptable to gouge, cut, break, damage and disturb Asbestos or ACM in order to obtain a sample to be tested. This practice simply increases the risk of releasing dangerous asbestos fibres into the air and the local environment for no real positive gain, regardless of sealing the damaged material with PVA, paint and the like.

BIV Reports Pty Limited does not recommend that Asbestos and ACM be disturbed for the purpose of obtaining samples for testing. However, in those rare circumstances where work is to be carried out on or near an item identified as Asbestos or ACM, then BIV Reports Pty Limited can obtain a sample using the appropriate National Safe Codes of Practice with our trained asbestos Inspectors. Each sample will then be tested by a NATA Accredited laboratory.

It is prudent to obtain an Asbestos Report

Although there are specific exemptions under the Work Health and Safety legislation for some residential strata schemes in some States, none of these exemptions protect the owner from legal action from a breach of their Common Law Duty of Care. Asbestos is a known dangerous material and as such, each owner has a Duty of Care to ensure that no harm comes to anyone as a result of the asbestos on that property.

For the small fee (from $330 inc gst) of obtaining an Asbestos Report from BIV Reports Pty Limited an Owners Corporation or Property Owner can obtain a significant degree of protection in not only knowing what items may contain asbestos, but also being able to demonstrate that they have taken prudent steps in identifying hazards on their property.

Fines for not obtaining an Asbestos Report

There are significant fines for not complying with the Asbestos Register and Asbestos Management Plan requirements under Work Health and Safety legislation, particularly if someone was injured as a result of your negligence.

Category of the offence Maximum penalty for a corporation Maximum penalty for an officer Maximum penalty for a worker
Category 1: Breach of a health and safety duty involving reckless conduct with the risk of death or serious injury or illness without reasonable excuse (s31) $3,000,000 $600,000 or 5 years’ imprisonment $300,000 or 5 years’ imprisonment
Category 2: Breach of a health and safety duty exposing  an individual to death or serious injury or illness - no recklessness (s32) $1,500,000 $300,000 $150,000
Category 3: Failure to comply with a health and safety duty (s33) $500,000 $100,000 $50,000

Ordering an Asbestos Report

When we receive your instructions we will

  • inspect the subject property
  • take a practical and flexible approach to control measures to either eliminate or minimise any Asbestos or ACM hazard
  • prioritise risk by carrying out a proper Risk Assessment for each identified Asbestos or ACM hazard so that the Owners can decide which hazards should be rectified first
  • carry out a visual inspection only of each item that may be Asbestos or ACM
  • provide colour photographs, the location and description of any Asbestos or ACM hazards that are identified on the subject property
  • provide a thorough explanation within our Asbestos Report

Further Services

In addition to carrying out Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans, we also assess and prepare Work Health and Safety Reports including 'Common Law Duty of Care' Reports (WHS and OHS), Sinking Fund Plans, Reserve Fund Plans and Maintenance Fund Plans, Building Insurance Valuations, and Common Property Repair and Maintenance Reports.

Turnaround time and fees

Our normal turnaround time is around 3 to 7 business days, and we will beat any competitors written quote by 12%.

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