What are WHS Regulations NSW?
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (the Act) provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers and others in relation to NSW workplaces and work activities.
How do you work around asbestos safely?
Working safely with asbestos
- make sure you take account of other risks such as work at height.
- use your protective equipment, including a suitable face mask, worn properly.
- clean up as you go – stop waste building up.
- make sure waste is double-bagged and is disposed of properly ( PDF ) at a licensed tip.
What should you do if exposed to asbestos?
Most people do not develop serious or life-threatening lung disease as a result of exposure to asbestos. However, you should always seek medical advice if you have symptoms like coughing, feeling short of breath or chest pain. Talk to your GP about: any past or present jobs with an asbestos risk.
Which type of respirator should never be used when asbestos is present?
Do not use single use, disposable paper dust masks when dealing with asbestos. The options that should be used include: A half or full facepiece, negative pressure, air-purifying respirator with replaceable high-efficiency filters.
Can you tell if you’ve been exposed to asbestos?
The most common signs of asbestos exposure include shortness of breath, cough and chest pain. Pleural plaques are a sign that a person had enough exposure to be at risk of other diseases. They may develop prior to mesothelioma or lung cancer.
What is the purpose of WHS regulations 2011?
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers at work. It also protects the health and safety of all other people who might be affected by the work.
What is the purpose of WHS Regulation 2017?
WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATION 2017 – REG 41 Duty to provide and maintain adequate and accessible facilities.
What is the WHS Regulation 2017?
(1) A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the provision of adequate facilities for workers, including toilets, drinking water, washing facilities and eating facilities.
What are the requirements of the WHS Act and regulations?
Model WHS Act
- protecting workers and other persons from harm by requiring duty holders to eliminate or minimise risk.
- providing for fair and effective representation, consultation and cooperation.
- encouraging unions and employer organisations to take a constructive role in promoting improvements in WHS practices.
What to do if there is asbestos in your workplace?
There are a few simple checks you can make to assess the condition of your asbestos containing materials – when carrying out these checks, however, do not touch the material, and if you see any signs of asbestos fibres in the air, immediately vacate the area and contact an asbestos management company.
Who is responsible for exposure to asbestos?
More than one company may be responsible for a single person’s asbestos-related injuries. Those companies may include mining companies, manufacturers of asbestos and related products, employers who use asbestos-containing products, and owners of asbestos-contaminated properties.
What mask do I need for asbestos?
Wearers should use a disposable respirator to standards EN149 (type FFP3) or EN1827 (type FMP3), a half-mask respirator (to standard EN140) with P3 filter or semi-disposable respirator (to EN405) with P3 filter.