Remove and dispose
As a commercial property owner of premises leased or rented to business, if you decide to have asbestos removed from your premises (including plant or equipment), then you are responsible for ensuring the removal is carried out safely. Although unlicensed removal of limited amounts of non-friable asbestos is permitted, it is not recommended as it may be safer for a Licensed Asbestos Removalist to perform the asbestos removal.
If you need to engage a Licensed Asbestos Removalist to remove asbestos from your workplace, the steps below can help you manage the process.
Find a Licensed Asbestos Removalist
You can use the Find a Licensed Asbestos Removalist tool to locate a licensed removalist in your area
There are two types of licenses for asbestos removal – Class A and Class B. Only Class A license-holders can remove friable asbestos. Read examples of when it’s a Class A or B licensed removalist that is needed.
Notify tenants about the asbestos removal
You should work closely with any employers or self-employed persons who lease your premises so that they are aware of the asbestos removal that is due to take place. They have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees, so they will need to be aware of the situation and take necessary precautions.
Get a clearance certificate
If you commission the asbestos removal work, you must obtain a clearance certificate. The clearance certificate must be obtained from an independent person before the areas where the asbestos removal work was being performed can be re-occupied. An independent person is someone who is independent from you and the licensed asbestos removalist.
A clearance certificate is a written statement confirming that the area has been cleaned satisfactorily and is safe to be re-occupied for normal use. You will need a clearance certificate if the removal work involved any quantity of friable asbestos, or if it involved more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos.
If you hired an asbestos consultant to manage the process, they can act as the independent person and can issue the clearance certificate. If you did not hire a consultant, an independent competent person with sufficient knowledge, skills and experience can issue the clearance certificate.
You can find a qualified Occupational Hygienist through the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.
Update the asbestos register
When asbestos is removed from your workplace, you must update your asbestos register to reflect the removal of asbestos. You must also update the asbestos register in circumstances where asbestos has been sealed or enclosed.