In the second half of the 2014–15 year, the agency commenced a project to identify and promote a range of organisations and individuals currently demonstrating best practice across a variety of areas in asbestos management.
The goal of this project was to highlight examples of best-practice asbestos management across Australia, and promote these examples to the wider community and their industry contemporaries while encouraging them to employ similar innovative ideas or practices that lead to safer handling/management of ACMs.
What the agency found was that there is a significant amount of knowledge in industry and the community about the dangers of exposure to asbestos that is translating into a strong commitment towards workplace health and safety for the whole organisation, top to bottom. A strong workplace health and safety culture builds employee satisfaction, increases productivity and reduces costs for the organisation.
The agency engaged consultants to develop a definition of best practice relating to asbestos management and identify organisations who would be considered to exemplify best practice in various areas of asbestos management.
The agency will be using these best-practice case studies during 2015–16 as examples for organisations in those industry sectors to replicate in their own workplaces.