National asbestos management review established
The Minister for Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, has announced the establishment of a national review into the management of asbestos and the Government's intention to ratify several International Labour Organisation (ILO) treaties.
The Asbestos Management Review will assess current activities in the area of asbestos management and research and make recommendations for the development of a national strategic plan to improve asbestos awareness, management and removal.
Mr Geoff Fary has been appointed as the Chair of the Asbestos Management Review. Mr Fary has a background in occupational health and safety and workers' compensation matters and is currently the ACTU's representative on Safe Work Australia, and previously the Australian Safety and Compensation Council.
Mr Fary will be assisted by an expert advisory group, including acclaimed researchers, employer and employee representatives, and members of the legal fraternity who have substantial experience in dealing with asbestos disease and mesothelioma claims.
The Review will build on work already being undertaken at the Commonwealth, state and territory levels and will report by 30 June 2012. It will complement the development of harmonised workplace health and safety laws which include regulations and codes of practice relating to asbestos management and removal in the workplace as well as the Tasmanian Government's response to the 2010 report Improving Asbestos Management in Tasmania.
The Minister also announced the Australian Government's intention to pursue ratification of three ILO treaties: the Asbestos Convention, 1986 (Convention 162); the optional Protocol to the Occupational Health and Safety Convention, 1981 (Protocol 155); and the Part-Time Work Convention, 1994 (Convention 175).
"Ratification of the Asbestos Convention and the Protocol to the 2002 Occupational Safety and Health Convention guarantee that Australian workers will continue to enjoy the protection of a world class OHS regime, reflecting best practice when it comes to protecting our community from the harmful effects of contact with asbestos," Senator Evans said.
Download the review's terms of reference and advisory group biographies at http://www.deewr.gov.au/Ministers/ReleaseData/Documents/NatAsbestosManagRevEstTermsRef.pdf
To view the Ministers media release visit http://www.deewr.gov.au/Ministers/Evans/Media/Releases/Pages/Article_101029_150632.aspx
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