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Homeowner removal

Asbestos removal work is best performed by a licensed asbestos removalist and/or their employees, who are appropriately trained to perform the removal work safely. 

Please use the service provider directory to find a licensed asbestos removalist in your area.

If you do decide to remove asbestos yourself, review the following information prior to starting work, and thoroughly read the Dos and Don’ts of working with asbestos section.

  1. Safety Requirements
    Asbestos removal work must comply with strict safety requirements. These include the use of protective clothing and equipment, decontamination facilities, waste disposal procedures, and the preparation of an asbestos control plan.
  2. Planning

     

    It is important you take the proper precautions for handling asbestos to avoid risking your health or the health of your family. You also need to consider your neighbours and anyone else who is in the vicinity of your home. During asbestos removal, you must ensure that removal work is performed in a manner that eliminates the release of airborne asbestos fibres so far as is reasonably practicable.  
  3. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

    When performing asbestos removal work, personal protection equipment must be worn.  Click here to view the personal protection equipment list.

    Any equipment used for removal work and that is likely to be contaminated must be: -
     (a) decontaminated before removal from the area where removal work is performed
     (b) placed in a sealed container, the exterior of which is decontaminated before the container is removed from the area where the removal work is performed.  

    Please make sure you properly read our do’s and don’ts about working with asbestos

  4. Packaging

    Keep the material wet until it is packaged, and then carefully package the material, including any offcuts, in two layers of 0.2 mm thick polythene sheeting.

    Keep the packages of a manageable size and completely seal them with adhesive tape.  Place smaller sized asbestos waste such as tiles, offcuts and dust in two 0.2 mm thick polythene bags (double bagged), then tie and seal for disposal with the other asbestos waste.

    Only fill bags half full (to minimise the risk of splitting) and gently evacuate excess air in a way that does not cause the release of dust.

    Clearly label the packages ‘CAUTION ASBESTOS’ using a permanent marker pen You can hire a special miniskip from a waste removal company to fill with your bagged asbestos waste and have it collected by the waste company. These companies can be found by consulting the Yellow Pages.

  5. Transport

    Anyone disposing of asbestos needs to first establish the requirments of the specific waste disposal site, otherwise the waste may not be accepted.

    Asbestos waste disposal must be carried out in a manner that prevents the release of airborne asbestos fibres, which means ensuring:

    - asbestos waste is securely packaged
    - the waste is secure during transport
    - the method of unloading the waste is safe.

  6. Disposal

    You must only dispose of asbestos at a site licensed by EPA Victoria to accept waste asbestos. You should contact the disposal site operator to check whether the site is appropriately licensed to accept the waste. At the waste disposal site, licence conditions require waste asbestos to be handled and covered in such a manner that no dust is generated.

    Find your nearest disposal site that is licensed to handle asbestos.