Asbestos safety regulations - get our advice

March 2016

The Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 that came into force on the April 4, 2016 identify a new role of the “Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking” (PCBU).

The PCBU will be responsible for implementing the new safety measures around the control of asbestos in the workplace.

The regulations state that PCBU/s with management or control of a workplace:

• Must not carry out, or direct, or allow a worker to carry out, work involving asbestos;

•Must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that all asbestos or ACM at the workplace is located by a competent person;

•May identify asbestos or ACM by arranging for a sample of material workplace to be analysed for the presence of asbestos or ACM, the presence and location of asbestos or ACM identified at the workplace under regulation 7 are clearly indicated; and 

•If it is reasonably practicable to do so, indicate by label the presence and location of the asbestos or ACM.

Given that the first confirmed asbestos-related death occurred in Britain in 1924, the health risks associated with asbestos fibre exposure are not new.

In New Zealand, the implementation of these new regulations and the tighter control of asbestos will provide greater safety in the workplace.

Babbage Consultants Ltd is trained and qualified to IP402 (Surveying & Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings) and can provide you with up-to-date advice on surveying and sampling asbestos-containing materials, management plans and your legislative obligations.

Call the Building Surveying team on DDI 09 367 4977 or email: gerard.ball@babbage.co.nz for further advice or information.

To learn more about other services our Building Surveying team can provide visit our Building Surveying page here: Building Surveying

These floor tiles were recently encountered in a factory unit in south Auckland. Laboratory testing confirmed that they contained Chrysotile (a type of asbestos).
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