What if we stay in the house? Are there guidelines for how to manage our Mr Fluffy house?
The Taskforce has advised that homeowners can stay in their houses in the medium term of up to five years. This will be done through a rolling process of approvals in 12-month intervals rather than a fixed term. However staying in your affected house comes with responsibilities to ensure your safety and that of anyone entering the property including:
- Under the Dangerous Substances Act (2004) homeowners need to continue to disclose to people entering your house that it contains loose fill asbestos and provide a copy of the assessment report/or management plan. The tagging sticker must also be in place in switchboards/meter boxes.
- From 1 July 2015 properties will require an Asbestos Management Plan, which will be similar to that of commercial buildings. The cost for the Plan will be borne by the homeowner. Further detail will be provided in 2015.
- As every affected house is different, the risks to manage to comply with the Management Plans will be unique to each property, and again the cost of any works will be on the homeowner.
- Worksafe ACT will be ensuring compliance with Management Plans.