Strategy two: Best practice

Best practice approaches need to be based on evidence. The plan encourages discussion, information sharing, and promoting best practice to build continual improvement in the handling and management of ACMs. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency will facilitate further discussion with state, territory and local government, and relevant stakeholders to prioritise and achieve these outcomes.

Goal

Identify and share best practice in asbestos management, education, transport, storage and disposal.

Deliverables

  • Identify opportunities to share best practice for initiatives related to the safe management of asbestos such as licensing, education, training and home renovations where ACMs may be present.
  • Identify industry needs and gaps in awareness and training for workers who may come into contact with ACMs — such as tradespeople — and develop model training options for industry adoption.
  • Review disaster planning practices and information regarding the risks of exposure to asbestos to assist in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
  • Identify and promote best practice transport, storage and disposal practices, including support for:
    • initiatives to encourage safe storage and disposal at licensed facilities
    • initiatives for the reporting of illegal disposal sites.

Outcomes

  1. Evidence-based best practice to minimise risks in targeted areas.
  2. Model training for workers likely to come into contact with ACMs to increase competency and decrease risk.
  3. Australian communities are supported to manage asbestos risks during natural disasters or emergencies.
  4. Improved transport, storage and disposal practices for ACMs.