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Asbestos management compliance campaign

Starting 1 August, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will begin auditing businesses operating from buildings constructed before 1990 and those likely containing asbestos. The audit will run until 31 October,  focusing on compliance with requirements under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Regulation) and codes of practice to have asbestos registers and management plans in place. Inspectors will take enforcement action where legislative requirement are not being met.

Targeted areas: Statewide

What can my business do to prepare?

Ensure you comply with requirements for asbestos registers and management plans in accordance with Part 8.3 Management of asbestos and associated risks (the WHS Regulation).

During the visit, you should provide the inspector with:

  • your asbestos register and management plan
  • any relevant inspections by a competent person under section 422 of the WHS Regulation or otherwise concerning asbestos in the building
  • details of how the presence and location of asbestos or ACM identified is clearly indicated and labelled where reasonably practicable.

Sprains and strains assessment

Sprain and strain injuries account for more than 60 per cent of non-fatal workers' compensation claims. The two most common causes are hazardous manual tasks and slips, trips and falls at level.

Inspectors will visit workplaces which have had a recent worker's compensation claim for a sprain or strain injury to:

  • assess work tasks that expose workers to risk factors
  • determine if adequate action has been taken to control the risk factors.

Targeted areas: Statewide

What can my business do to prepare?

Prepare for a sprains and strains assessment by using self-assessment tools and other resources.

Onsite traffic management and pedestrian safety project

Businesses in the construction, manufacturing, transport and agriculture industries will be the focus of a statewide campaign targeting traffic management in 2016 and 2017.

The project aims to reduce the rate of fatalities and severity of injuries due to incidents between mobile plant and pedestrians in Queensland workplaces.

As part of the project, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors will visit businesses to raise awareness of the risks and help them implement effective traffic management strategies.

Read more.

Asbestos removal businesses

The compliance of businesses licensed to remove asbestos containing materials will be assessed against licensing conditions, the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation, relevant codes of practice, and managing risk and exposure to asbestos fibers. Businesses will be audited during actual removal activities following notification to WHSQ of an intended removal.

Targeted areas: Statewide. WHSQ will contact you prior to visiting the asbestos removal location.

What can my business do to prepare and participate?

Ensure you comply with the conditions of your asbestos removal licence, the requirements of Part 8 - Asbestos in the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the WHS Regulation) and the How to safely remove asbestos Code of Practice 2021 (PDF, 2.22 MB).

You should also provide the WHSQ inspector with:

  • your asbestos removal control plan
  • records of the training of your workers in regard to content of asbestos removal control plan
  • any relevant licences
  • certificate/s of completion of specified VET training (or transitional training requirements if applicable) for workers and supervisors
  • a copy of air monitoring results (if air monitoring required)
  • copies of clearance certificates (if the removal work is completed).

Participative ergonomics for manual tasks (PErforM)

In Queensland, the highest number of non-fatal workers' compensation claims is for musculoskeletal injuries. The majority of these injuries are caused by manual tasks. This program is a simplified risk management program that involves workplace teams devising solutions for high risk manual tasks. The program was developed in 2000 by WHSQ, the University of Queensland and the Curtin University of Technology as part of a research project. Industry and workplaces receive help to implement the PErforM program to improve their management of manual task risks and compliance with legislative standards.

Targeted areas: Statewide

What can my business do to prepare and participate?

Find out more information about PErforM and how to register for free train-the-trainer workshops.

People at work

The People at Work project is a psychosocial risk assessment process. It measures how different workplace characteristics influence worker health and well-being, focusing particularly on risks to psychological health.

Targeted areas: Statewide

For more information or to discuss your organisation's participation in the People at Work Project, email