A SHARP eye will be kept on workplace hazards as Northern Tasmania launches its annual awareness-based WorkSafe Tasmania Month.
WorkSafe Tasmania will hold two weeks of free work health and safety events in Launceston until November 1 as part of the event.
Asbestos in the workplace has been an issue on the forefront of public safety concerns after some telecommunication pits were found to house the dangerous material.
Management of the substance is a duty held by employers, and should have a proper action and safety plan, according to Injury Prevention and Management Safety occupational hygienist Richard Jackson.
``As a hygienist my job is to assess risk and quantify it and determine what people are exposed to,'' Mr Jackson said.
``If you are going to have any removal done, the first thing the people who own or conduct the business need to have in place is an asbestos register, and also an asbestos management plan.''
He said the plan must detail how asbestos is managed in the workplace and include an established time frame to have it removed.
``Once people are aware of it then they can take it upon themselves to manage it accordingly,'' Mr Jackson said.
``WorkSafe week is a really good way of getting that information out there.''
A program of events is available online at www.worksafe.tas.gov.au or by calling 1300 366 322 - registration can be done online up to an hour before the event.