A great tip to reduce risk of the unknown – True Negative statements

Person looking into the abyss

“False positives” are bad but “True negatives” can remove a lot of guesswork

One of our clients recently ran an audit for Hazardous Materials Report for all their managed properties and they discovered a number of buildings have no Hazardous Materials report. They now have to try to work out if these buildings

  • are missing a crucial report or
  • don’t need one because they were built after December 31st 2003. (Australian Code of Practice)

A simple True Negative statement solves this problem. For all buildings that don’t require a Hazardous Materials report, they now have a simple a one-page document, signed by a competent person, that states something along the lines of

Asbestos register table of true negatives
Asbestos register exemption declaration

They now simply need to check that 100% of their buildings has

  • Either a “Hazardous Materials report – True Negative statement”
  • Or a “Hazardous Materials report – None found”
  • Or a “Hazardous Materials report” with a “Hazardous Materials Management Plan and Hazardous Materials Register”

We would love to hear of any other instances where you think a True Negative statement would help in improving compliance reporting, or if you would to discuss how this approach might help you, give us a call. Happy to help.

Nigel Dalton-Brown, GAICD, AMIIA, MBA

Managing Director, Chair, Speaker, Lecturer, Author

Nigel is the Founder of Strytex and has been presenting and writing on Goverence, Obligational Awarenss, Risk Management and Compliance administration (GORC) since 2010.

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