Position paper - Requirements to hold safety management system for class A asbestos licence holders
This position paper outlines the requirement to hold a certified safety management system (CSMS) for class A asbestos licence holders
This position paper confirms that the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017 (WHS Reg) requires all Class A friable asbestos licence holders to have a CSMS in place that complies with AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Occupational health and safety management systems), or an equivalent system determined by the regulator.
It is important to note, however that AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 was published on 17 October 2018 and is listed as superseding AS/NZS 4801:2001. The transition period to the new standard expires on 12 September 2021.
Current Class A Friable licence holders with a CSMS against AS/NZS 4801:2001 will continue to be recognised until 12 September 2021. Evidence of transition to the new standard will be requested after this date and all new applications and renewals will be assessed against the newer standard AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018.
The new standard means that the following previously accepted equivalent CSMS will no longer be deemed compliant and should also be updated to comply with AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 by 12 September 2021:
- Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) accreditation
- Work Health & Safety Management Guidelines (5th & 6th Editions)
- NSW Government Procurement Work Health and Safety Management system accreditation.
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SafeWork NSW requires that your CSMS (or equivalent) remains current for the duration of your Class A asbestos removal licence (for a 5-year period). If your CSMS expires prior to your Class A asbestos removal licence, you must immediately renew it. Failure to hold a current CSMS (or equivalent) in place may result in suspension or cancellation of your licence.