Why is a hygienist necessary?

A hygienist completes an assessment of the overall condition of the asbestos, where fibres could be breathed in by workers, where asbestos is likely to crumble and go to dust and if they can be disturbed.

Copies of the completed assessment are given to all OHS Reps and a copy is also placed in the workplace asbestos registrar to be reviewed every five years.

Asbestos Contractors by law are not allowed to advise if a particular material is or contains asbestos. It is deemed to be a conflict of interest therefore a hygienist is important.

For further information on hygienists follow the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Workcover NSW Working With Asbestos Guide