Position paper - Requirements to hold safety management system for class A asbestos licence holders

This position paper outlines the requirement to hold a safety management system for class A asbestos licence holders

This position paper confirms that safety management systems certified against AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 are deemed equivalent to systems certified by AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Occupational health and safety management systems).

Our position

The Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017 (WHS Reg) requires all Class A friable asbestos licence holders to have a certified safety management system in place.  A certified safety management system (CSMS) means a safety management system that complies with AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Occupational health and safety management systems), or an equivalent system determined by the regulator.

Background

AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 was published on 17 October 2018 and is listed as superseding AS/NZS 4801:2001.  SafeWork NSW has determined that systems certified against either standard will be accepted as evidence of a compliant system on licence application or renewal.

Current Class A Friable licence holders with a CSMS against AS/NZS 4801:2001 will continue to be recognised until Licence renewal.  Prior to expiry of the certification or the licence they should be assessed against the newer standard AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018.

Current systems deemed equivalent

  • AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Occupational health and safety management systems - Specification with guidance for use)
  • AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements with guidance for use)
  • NSW Government Procurement Work Health and Safety Management system accreditation, or
  • Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) accreditation.

A search register is located on the Exemplar Global website and can be used by anyone looking for a certified auditor around the world.

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.

For additional information, refer to the NSW Government website.

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