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Laws and guidance

Asbestos, in particular friable asbestos products, poses health risks during removal, transport and disposal. It is therefore important that asbestos be handled appropriately during these operations. Under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 the disposal of waste asbestos, whether of industrial or domestic origin, is regulated by EPA. In addition, EPA regulates the transportation of asbestos of industrial (including commercial or trade) origin. Under the Regulations, asbestos from industrial origins (including commercial or trade activities) is considered a Category C prescribed industrial waste (PIW) when packaged in accordance with this guideline. 
 
Processing and handling asbestos in the workplace is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. The Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 provides the regulatory framework for the handling, management and disposal of prescribed industrial waste. Guidance for asbestos transport and disposal is outlined under Publication IWRG611.1 – July 2009.

Prescribed industrial waste (PIW) in Victoria is currently regulated by the Environment Protection Act 1970 (the Act) and the associated subordinate legislation — waste publications under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009

Asbestos transport and disposal guidance forms part of the Industrial Waste Resources Guidelines, which offer guidance for waste resources regulated under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009. Publication IWRG611.1 – July 2009.