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Hazardous Substances Asbestos. Force Preservation Awareness Training Package. Asbestos Training - Tier 1 General Awareness. Equipment Sign. Area Sign. Disposal Label. Asbestos - What do I need to know?. What asbestos is. What threat asbestos poses to you. Where it is likely to be.

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Hazardous SubstancesAsbestos

Force Preservation Awareness

Training Package


Asbestos Training - Tier 1General Awareness

Equipment Sign

Area Sign

Disposal Label

asbestos what do i need to know
Asbestos - What do I need to know?

What asbestos is.

What threat asbestos poses to you.

Where it is likely to be.

Actions on finding asbestos.

What to do if you are concerned.

what is asbestos
What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral with many uses

Asbestos has been banned since Jan 2004

Army has no exemptions

Army is removing all known asbestos items from the logistics system

In-situ asbestos is permitted and remains in equipment and facilities – it poses a very low risk

Direct unit purchases?

health affects
Health Affects

Asbestosis. Scarring of the lungs that severely reduces lung capacity.

Mesothelioma. Cancer of the pleural lining (lining of the lung).

Lung Cancer. Malignant tumour in the lungs.

Other Cancers. Potentially oesophagus and stomach.

where is asbestos general
Where is asbestos - general

Asbestos was widely used:

Friction material - Brakes and clutches

Heat shielding - Wiring and hydraulics

High temperature gaskets - Engines, exhausts

Building materials - Fibro sheeting and roofing

Water / drain pipes

Aircraft panels and adhesives

where is asbestos in the unit
Where is asbestos in the unit?

Within this unit asbestos is known to be in:





actions on finding asbestos
Actions on finding asbestos?

Quarantine the immediate area to prevent further potential exposure – DO NOT TOUCH

Advise your supervisor so qualified personnel can assess the situation and remove the hazard:

The responsible DMO SPO will provide advice for equipment and DSG will resolve facility issues

IAW the advice trained Army personnel and/or contractors will be used to remove the ACM (if required – it could be ‘in-situ’)

Never dispose of as general waste and don’t participate unless trained

exposure reporting
Exposure Reporting

If you have been potentially exposed, an AC563 must be raised. If concerned you may contact your local medical centre or Defence Asbestos Exposure Evaluation Service (1800 000 655).

key points
Key Points

Elimination from the supply system

Asbestos must be appropriately labelled

Equipment Sign

Area Sign

Disposal Label

key points1
Key Points

Asbestos register in every unit (ensure you check)

Only competent personnel can prepare asbestos materials for disposal and/or remove it (EMEI 410 refers to methods)

Ensure contractors and visitors are briefed as required on the hazard


SAFETYMAN Vol 1 Pt 5 Chap 2 (Asbestos management)

SAFETYMAN Vol 2 Pt 3 Chap 22 Annex D (Asbestos)

EMEI Workshop E 410 (Safe work practices for working with asbestos)

ArmySAFE website (various guidance and links)

OHSB website (various guidance and links)

CA Directive 24/2008, Management of Asbestos within The Australian Army, dated 05 Dec 08

CA Directive 24/11 Asbestos Management Plan for Land Materiel


National Model Regulations for the Control of Workplace Hazardous Substances [NOHSC: 1005 (1994)], dated Jan 94

National Code of Practice for the Control of Workplace Hazardous Substances [NOHSC: 2007 (1994)], dated Jan 94

Health Directive 296 - Health aspects to managing Asbestos containing material in the Australian Defence Force