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Safe Work Publishes New Asbestos Register Guidance

An asbestos register is a workplace safety management tool that records the location, type, condition and date of identification of all asbestos and asbestos containing materials at your workplace. An asbestos register is required in the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations which have been implemented in all jurisdictions except Victoria. If your workplace is in Victoria, please contact WorkSafe Victoria for guidance on asbestos registers.

If you are a person with management or control of a workplace building, structure or plant built or installed before 2004, or in Queensland built before 1990, you must ensure that an asbestos register is prepared and kept at the workplace. 

This guide will help you understand:

  • what an asbestos register is and when your workplace needs one, and
  • how to develop and maintain a comprehensive asbestos register.


More detailed information about asbestos registers at the workplace can be found in the model Code of Practice: How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace.


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