SafeWork SA has fined a person with management and control of a workplace $2,220 for failing to have an asbestos register as required by legislation.

Investigations by SafeWork SA identified that an asbestos register was not available for the workplace that was constructed before 31 December 2003.

An asbestos register is intended to ensure that workers and others at the workplace are aware of the presence of asbestos, so they do not disturb it.

It is the responsibility of the person with management or control of a workplace to have an asbestos register available and ensure it is readily accessible to workers and contractors on site.

SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director, Glenn Farrell said pleading ignorance to legislative requirements is no excuse.

“The requirement for having an asbestos register has been in place for more than 25 years.

There are multiple sources of information around asbestos including the Asbestos website at asbestos.sa.gov.au”.

“According to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), asbestos kills more than 4,000 Australians each year from asbestos-related disease. The risks are clear, asbestos is a carcinogenic and SafeWork SA will not hesitate to take action against people’s disregard for others’ health and safety”.

Further information on asbestos

Information on asbestos can be found on the South Australian Government asbestos website which provides practical information about asbestos, how to identify it, and how to have it safely removed.

For further information and advice on complying with legislative requirements, call SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255. Or speak to one of our friendly Workplace Advisors, who can provide you with WHS information, practical advice and support, and even visit you at your workplace.

You can request a visit from our advisory service who can provide practical advice based on your workplace's industry, size, risk and complexity.

Our advisors can visit your workplace to help you understand your work health and safety responsibilities as well as provide practical support to improve your systems, practices and general approach to safety.