Asbestos Awareness and Management
The Australian Chamber and its network continue to be involved in asbestos awareness and management, recognising the deadly legacy of asbestos in Australia’s built environment. The Australian Chamber participated in the development and review of the model WHS legislative package including the asbestos regulation, codes and information sheets.
The importation of materials containing asbestos is a growing problem for all parties involved. The Australian Chamber strongly supports the ban of chrysotile asbestos, by ensuring its listing on Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention for the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (Rotterdam Convention). The Chamber will continue to work with the Australian Government Agency the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) and state and territory regulators in finding solutions to this international problem.
The Australian Chamber and its members continue to participate on the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council committees such as the National Asbestos Communications Working Group and the Building, Demolition and Construction Sectors Committee.