When dealing with asbestos self-employed persons (and employers) must eliminate, so far as reasonably practicable, the exposure of persons at the workplace to asbestos fibres arising from the work they are undertaking. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate that exposure, you must ensure that you reduce the exposure so far as is reasonably practicable.
Generally a self-employed person must also meet the same requirements as employers with regard to:
- Removal of asbestos from a workplace
- Removal of contaminated clothing
- Use of certain tools or instruments
- Disposal of asbestos waste
Further specific requirements apply when:
1. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, self-employed person(s) in general have similar duties to employers. For further information on employer duties go to the Employer section.
2. A self-employed person is typically a builder or tradesperson. The Builders and Trades section has asbestos information specific to whether you are working at a domestic or commercial premises, and specific to refurbishment or demolition work.