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Laws and guidance

Asbestos poses increased health risks when it is disturbed, for example during removal, transport and disposal. It is therefore important that asbestos be handled appropriately during these operations.

The EPA regulates the disposal of waste asbestos, whether of industrial or domestic origin, under the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 . In addition, the 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. 

The management and removal of asbestos in workplaces is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017. The Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 provides the regulatory framework for the management, handling, and disposal of prescribed industrial waste. Guidance for asbestos transport and disposal is outlined under Publication IWRG611.2 – June 2017 .

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 IWRG611.2 – June 2017.