A Hazardous Materials Register (“HAZMAT Register”) usually includes but is not limited to:
- Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)
- Synthetic Mineral Fibres (SMF)
- Polychlorinated Biphenyl’s (PCB)
- Lead Paint and Dust
- Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
Meeting your obligations under WHS & OHS Law
WHS and OHS Laws mandate specific responsibilities for the management of hazardous substances/materials and place a Duty of Care upon “Persons with Control” or “persons conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBUs) the to ensure exposure is minimised. It is mandatory to identify Hazardous Materials and manage them in a safe manner.
Regulations require that “Persons with Control” of workplaces or “persons conducting a business or undertaking” keep an accurate HAZMAT Register.
“Persons with Control” or “persons conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBUs) include:
- Premises owner or occupier
- Other representative with responsibility for workplace repairs or alterations
All workplaces containing Hazardous Materials must have a HAZMAT Register (HR) and an HAZMAT Management Plan (HMMP).
A HAZMAT Register and an HAZMAT Management Plan are often confused. Although similar, and usually prepared at the same time, they are different documents with different functions. The fundamental difference is:
- HAZMAT Register documents where hazardous materials have been found
- HAZMAT Management Plan describes the processes in place for dealing with hazardous materials
A HAZMAT Register and associated HAZMAT Management Plan are specific to each site and copies must be available for inspection by employees, tradespeople and other visitors.
Do I need a HAZMAT Register?
A HAZMAT Register and HAZMAT Management Plan are not required if:
- no hazardous materials identified during a HAZMAT Survey
It is a legal obligation to have an HAZMAT Register and HAZMAT Management Plan if:
- Hazardous Materials (especially asbestos) have been identified at a workplace
What is a Compliant HAZMAT Register?
A compliant HAZMAT Register is a document that lists all identified (or assumed) hazardous materials in a workplace, and must:
- Record any hazardous materials that have been identified
- the date on which hazardous materials were identified
- the material type, extent, location, condition and accessibility
- details of any hazardous materials (especially asbestos) assumed to be in the workplace
- results of any analysis that confirms presence of a hazardous material at the workplace
- details of inaccessible areas
- photographs and/or drawings to visually show the location of hazardous materials (especially asbestos) in the workplace
- ACM posing little hazard (e.g. mastics, roofing felts etc.) to document they have been considered, found to be of minimal risk, with no specific actions required
Regardless of any changes, the HAZMAT Register must be reviewed annually and revised if necessary, to keep it current.
Assurance of Quality
For the purposes of inspection, EAPL is a Type A Inspection Body: i.e. not linked to any party directly involved in design, manufacture, ownership, use or maintenance of the establishments it surveys.
As an additional assurance of service quality, as well as NATA accreditation to ISO 17025 & 17020, EAPL’s Integrated Management System is also accredited to the following Australian and international standards:
- Quality: AS/NZS ISO 9001: 2008
- Health and Safety: AS/NZS 4801: 2001 and OHSAS 18001: 2007
- Environmental: AS/NZS ISO 14001: 2004
Accredited for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020
Why Choose Emission Assessments (EAPL) to prepare your HazMat Register?
- EAPL is a NATA accredited TYPE A Inspection Body
- EAPL’s HAZMAT Surveys, HAZMAT Registers and HAZMAT Management Plans are NATA endorsed
- EAPL’s Asbestos Surveys, Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans are NATA endorsed and comply with the national Code of Practice and Chapter 8 of the model Work, Health and Safety Regulations (2011).
- EAPL’s reports are presented in easily understood format
- EAPL is a NATA accredited testing facility for Asbestos Fibre Counting and Asbestos Fibre Identification in materials and soil
- EAPL holds $10m of professional indemnity insurance & $20m of public liability insurance
EAPL will conduct a free desktop audit to ensure existing Asbestos and/or HAZMAT Registers comply with current regulations and provide you with a written report.
To organise a desktop audit or arrange a HAZMAT Survey Contact EAPL on: