Remove and dispose of asbestos using licensed removalist
If you 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 directory 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.
Consult with your employees
Victoria’s health and safety laws require employers to consult with employees and Health and Safety Representatives who are, or are likely to be directly affected by any health or safety matters so far as is reasonably practicable. Consultation must include sharing information, giving employees the opportunity to express their views, and taking those views into account. For example, it is likely that areas of your workplace will be closed off while the asbestos is being removed, so it’s important your employees are aware of the situation.
For more information about this duty, read VWA’s Consultation on health and safety – a handbook for workplaces.
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 is re-occupied by your employees. 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. A clearance certificate is required if the removal work involved any quantity of friable asbestos, or if it involved more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos.
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.