ISIS Group Australia Pty Ltd
Between 3 August and 24 October 2012, six electrical workers were exposed to risk of inhalation of airborne asbestos fibres without respiratory protection from damaged asbestos lagging whilst installing electrical cables in the subfloor space of a public hospital.
Sections 450, 456(3), 312 and 419(1) of the WHS Regulation.
Summary of undertaking
Activities ISIS will undertake include:
- attendance at the nationally accredited "Course in Asbestos Awareness" by all "operations" staff and Senior Management;
- all new Operations staff to attend the nationally accredited "Course in Asbestos Awareness";
- develop updated asbestos awareness training to be delivered to subcontractor workers on NSW construction sites;
- develop content for an industry website that provides information on asbestos risks in non-residential buildings and the legal obligations of building owners and managers;
- promote the www.asbestosawareness.com.au website to peak industry organisations in the non-residential building sector to increase awareness of the information and resources relating to asbestos risks in non-residential buildings;
- organise project based events in support of National Asbestos Awareness Month and the Blue Lamington Drive to promote awareness; and
- donate funds to "Mates in Construction", a not-for-profit organisation that promotes awareness regarding mental health and provides support to workers with mental health issues.
This undertaking has a total expenditure of $297,488.
Reasons for accepting the undertaking
- The alleged contravention does not appear to be a section 31 Reckless conduct category 1 offence, which if it was the case, would preclude the proposed undertaking from being accepted.
- The nature of the alleged contravention and the actions taken by ISIS in response to the incident are assessed as being appropriate for consideration of an undertaking.
- The strategies proposed in the undertaking have been assessed as likely to deliver long term sustainable safety improvements in the workplace, industry and community.
- The undertaking addresses the requirements contained within the “Enforceable Undertakings – Guidelines for Proposing a WHS Undertaking”.
2 October 2015