Australian Government

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

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The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) was established on 1 July 2013 to provide a national focus on asbestos issues which goes beyond workplace safety to encompass environmental and public health concerns. The agency aims to ensure asbestos issues receive the attention and focus needed to drive change across all levels of government.

Preventing the risk of asbestos exposure is important to all Australians. The achievement of a nationally endorsed plan is a significant step for all Australians and for governments to work together to address the deadly legacy of asbestos in our built environment. ASEA has a National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness 2014-18.

The ASEA website also contains a wide range of helpful information including the following publications:

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has now made available information leaflets in community languages. These leaflets outline the agency, the work it will carry out and information about the dangers of asbestos.

National Strategic Plan
Preface written by Professor Ken Takahashi

The Department of Health

Asbestos: A guide for householders and the general public

This guide provides useful information to enable householders to sensibly and safely manage the risks arising from any occasional encounters with asbestos materials in and around their homes, especially during home renovations.

The guide was produced by the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) and endorsed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. It is a national publication to which state and territory governments and the Australian Government have contributed – February 2013.

The Department of Health also provide a list of frequently asked questions.

SafeWork Australia

SafeWork Australia has a wide range of information on asbestos from managing the risks associated with asbestos to rapid response protocols. They have also developed a range of codes and guides and published reports and case studies including:

These Code of Practice provides practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage risks associated with asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM) at the workplace and thereby minimise the incidence of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.