An Australian company called Octfolio has launched what it is touting as a “pioneering technology platform” that it says will help achieve the government’s goal of ridding the country of asbestos by 2030.
The software was developed in response to efforts that began with the 2010 National Asbestos Summit, which brought together the leaders of every union in Australia to address the need for significant reform in dealing with asbestos in New South Wales. The summit was put together by the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and Cancer Council Australia.
The National Declaration: Towards an Australian Safe Asbestos Free Environment was developed as a result of the summit, and endorsed by then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In June 2012, the Australian Government Asbestos Management Review was released by Chairman Geoff Fary, who made 12 recommendations including the development of the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management in Australia.
The goal of the strategic plan is “to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres in order to eliminate asbestos-related disease in Australia”. It includes six priorities for dealing with asbestos:
• Information sharing
• Transport, storage and disposal
On its website, Octfolio says its Asbestos Information Management Software “is designed specifically to help both the public and private sector to achieve the goal of an asbestos-free Australia by 2030 and has addressed every recommendation within the National Asbestos Management Review 2012.”
The software is designed as an interactive and centralized database for businesses, organizations and individuals to access information about existing or known asbestos-containing buildings or sites, to track asbestos abatement and disposal projects, and to maintain records necessary for compliance with required government standards and policies. By centralizing information and providing shared access to information, Octfolio hopes to reduce costs for companies, which it believes will help incentivize them to comply with asbestos regulations and move forward with necessary asbestos abatement.
Octfolio Managing Director Darren Anderson told ITWire.com, “Ultimately it’s all about an easier and efficient way to track, assess, remove and dispose of asbestos with a goal to saving lives.”
Octfolio is backed by parent company Tulla Group, which provides investment and management capability.