Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA)
The Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) works to improve the management, monitoring and response to asbestos issues in NSW by developing coordinated prevention programs.
These programs include:
- a state wide plan for asbestos
- an asbestos blueprint on the role and responsibilities of state and local government staff
- a model asbestos policy for local councils
- information on property hazards after a bushfire
- a public awareness campaign to promote the safe handling of asbestos during home renovations and maintenance and help prevent asbestos related diseases.
The Asbestos blueprint sets out the roles and responsibilities of government organisations and provides information on the identification and management of:
- asbestos in the workplace
- asbestos in residential settings
- transport and disposal of asbestos
- asbestos in the ground and site contamination
- emergency management
- prohibitions on the manufacture and supply of asbestos.
The Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) is chaired by SafeWork NSW, with representatives from:
- Department of Trade and Investment Regional Infrastructure and Services
- Department of Planning and Infrastructure
- Environment Protection Authority
- Local Government NSW
- NSW Health
- Emergency New South Wales
- Office of Local Government
- Workers' Compensation Dust Diseases Board.
The HACA is governed by the arrangements set out in the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities Charter and provides an overarching framework for communication between government agencies and local councils in the safe management of asbestos.
This reports outline the work that has been undertaken by the HACA in 2014/2015.