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Naturally occurring asbestos
Asbestos minerals are commonly found around the world in certain types of rock and soils including:
- serpentine (chrysotile [white])
- amphibole (actinolite, amosite [brown]
- anthophyllite, crocidolite [blue] and tremolite
If naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) is identified or likely to be present at a workplace the person with management or control of a workplace must manage risks to health and safety associated with NOA.
A person with management or control of the workplace must ensure that a written plan (an asbestos management plan) for the workplace is prepared in relation to the NOA.
An asbestos management plan must include information relating to the following:
- the identification of NOA
- decisions, and reasons for decisions, about the management of NOA at the workplace (e.g. safe work procedures and control measures)
- procedures for detailing incidents or emergencies involving NOA at the workplace
- workers carrying out work involving NOA (e.g. consultation, responsibilities, information and training).
A person with management or control of a workplace must ensure that:
- a copy of the asbestos management plan is readily accessible
- the plan is maintained to ensure the information is up to date, and reviewed and as necessary revised if the plan is no longer adequate to manage the risk
- training is provided to workers.
For further information on managing NOA refer to section 5.1 of How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace Code of Practice 2011.