Fri 10 Apr 2015

Asbestos-cement Water Pipe Management:

Background:

Asbestos-cement (AC) pipes installed for the reticulation of water and sewerage are plant for the purposes of the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004.
Accordingly, removal, replacement or rehabilitation of AC pipe is regarded as asbestos removal work for the purposes of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. In particular, Part 4.3 Asbestos of the Regulations provides specific requirements in relation to asbestos removal work.

In addition, environment protection law requires that asbestos waste be packaged and transported in accordance with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria requirements and taken to a waste disposal site licensed by the EPA. Due to aging of Victoria’s water infrastructure, there are currently programs across all water authorities in Victoria that involve removal, replacement or rehabilitation of AC pipe.

To read the full update from Work Safe on the management of asbestos-cement pipes, please CLICK HERE.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact CCF Victoria directly on (03) 9822 0900.