In June 2014, the ACT Government announced new laws mandating asbestos awareness training for workers an employer reasonably believes will work with asbestos or ACM while at work.
The new regulation [section 445 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation] mandates this training for all construction occupations.
The regulation mandates a specific training course - the VET course Asbestos Awareness [10314NAT]. From 1 July 2014 only training in this course will meet the requirements of the regulation. WorkSafe ACT will accept some training done by other organisations prior to 1 July and further details of this can be found on WorkSafe ACT's revised Guidance Note No. 98.
At the moment the following RTOs are approved to deliver the new course:
The new regulation took effect from 1 July 2014, with all workers effected by the regulation to be trained by 30 September 2014.
The regulation places an obligation on the PCBU [generally the employer] to keep records of which of their workers have been trained. Fines may apply if employers do not have their workers trained in this new course.
Workers are not required by WorkSafe ACT to carry a card providing proof that they have undertaken this training. The obligation to keep records of which workers have been trained rests with the employer.
Guidance Note No. 98 contains information on a new training program covering asbestos awareness, identification and reporting which was developed in the ACT through the Construction Industry Training Council and launched in July 2012.
Download guidance on Asbestos Training [PDF]
Link to the Regulation regarding Asbestos Awareness Training.
Link to the Schedule of Occupations.
All ideas, suggestions and contributions for improvements to the 10314 Nat course in Asbestos Awareness are appreciated and will be carefully considered by the governance committee.
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