For a workplace PCBU, identifying asbestos or ACM in the workplace is the first step in managing the asbestos exposure risk.
Engaging a competent surveyor, with knowledge and experience in identifying where asbestos is or may be present, is a practicable step for a PCBU to fulfil their legal duty to ensure that asbestos is identified under the Asbestos Regulations.
Overlapping duties apply to consult, co-operate with, and co-ordinate activities in workplaces where there is more than one PCBU, for example, an owner, a property manager, an occupier, or multiple occupiers.
The Regulations impose additional duties in relation to the demolition and refurbishment of structures and plant which were constructed or installed before January 1 2000, or where asbestos is present or likely to be present. This duty excludes minor or routine maintenance or other minor work.
The regulation imposes a duty upon a PCBU who intends to carry out refurbishment or demolition work in such circumstances, not to carry out the work until the structure or plant has been inspected by a competent person to determine whether asbestos or ACM are present.