Asbestos Removal Legislation

Asbestos Removal Legislation – NSW

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (SYDNEY & NSW)

2001 (Regulation) outlines the following specific requirements for asbestos removal:

Chapter 4, clauses 43 and 44 – Risk assessment, control and asbestos register

-the controller of premises must identify any foreseeable hazards and control them. An asbestos register and exposure standards must be kept.

Chapter 6, clauses 169 and 170 – Carcinogenic substances (health surveillance records)

-for employers the use of asbestos in the form of chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, fibrous anthophyllite, tremolite or actinolite are prohibited except for the purpose of sampling or analysis, maintenance, removal, disposal, encapsulation or enclosure and any potential exposure must be recorded and advice given to the employee.

Chapter 8 – Asbestos in construction

-specific conditions for asbestos removal work on construction sites and prohibition on the reuse of asbestos products or water blasting asbestos products.

Chapter 10 – Licence requirements

-the requirements for licensing for bonded and friable asbestos removals; from 1 January 2008, a licence is required for the removal of more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos material.

Chapter 11 – Permit applications

-permits for friable asbestos removal work.

Chapter 12 – Notification of Removal work

-notification of bonded asbestos removal work; exemption requirements for naturally occurring asbestos.

The regulation does not allow the use, reuse or sale of any asbestos product.

For more information regarding asbestos removals see the WorkCover NSW site:  www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

For a list of useful resources & links have a look at our asbestos removal resources page.