Working safe

Managing asbestos safely

 

In Australia, the use of asbestos as a building material was commonplace until the late 1980s. In the electricity industry it had a variety of uses, such as insulation for electrical wiring, in fire doors as well as in underground pit covers, electrical backing boards, cement sheeting and tiles.

Ausgrid has been working for more than 15 years identifying the exact areas where asbestos is present around its electricity network and to safely removing it. An asbestos register details the status of known asbestos in all forms throughout the Ausgrid’s electricity network and other Ausgrid properties.

Ausgrid manages the risk posed by asbestos in its workplace via an Asbestos Safety Management Plan, the Ausgrid asbestos register and its documented safe work processes.
 

Further Information

Members of public who have questions about Ausgrid’s asbestos removal programs should contact us on (02) 9394 6961

If you are a contractor working on Ausgrid’s assets, you can request a copy of the asbestos register for the site by contacting the Project Manager for the job or alternately you can email hazmat@ausgrid.com.au with the site location and project manager’s details.

For further information on asbestos visit SafeWork NSW or click here for a list of licensed assessors and asbestos removal services.

Asbestos E-Learning course


With the support of SafeWork NSW and industry representatives, Networks New South Wales has developed a freely available asbestos e-learning package for electrical workers providing important information on:

  • what is asbestos?
  • the health risks associated with exposure to airborne asbestos
  • where asbestos containing materials may be found in the electrical industry
  • the safety controls that minimise the risk of asbestos exposure
  • examples of real life electrical work situations involving asbestos.

Helpful links

Asbestos & demolition licence holders

Find a safework licensed asbestos assessor who undertake air monitoring, clearance inspections or the issuing of clearance certificates for removal of friable asbestos on the SafeWork NSW.

Asbestos awareness

If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos. It is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home. Visit Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos guide

A guide for householders and the general public. Visit Department of Health.

SafeWork NSW Resources

It's important everyone knows what to do if they come into contact with naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). Visit SafeWork NSW.