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Asbestos in the workplace

This section is intended for builders and tradespersons who, for example, are sole-traders.  As a sole-trader you are regarded as a 'self-employed person' for the purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2007 and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. You therefore owe duties as a self-employed person in relation to managing asbestos.


However, if you are a builder or tradesperson who employs person(s), then you are regarded as an 'employer' for the purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2007 and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007.  You therefore owe duties as an employer in relation to managing asbestos.  If you are an employer, please review the relevant information we have provided.


The following sections can help you understand your responsibilities in relation to managing asbestos as a self-employed person:

You may also need to consider WorkSafe's guidance on:

Please note warning from QLD Office of Fair Trading as advised on below WorkSafe media release: