I am a:
Homeowner or renovator
Dealing with asbestos is the responsibility of the homeowner. If you are unsure about whether you have asbestos-containing material in your home, there are options for you to manage asbestos safely:
- Working Safely with Asbestos
If you are building or renovating, use the to understand how to safely find, identify and manage dealing with asbestos safely.
Remove, Package and Dispose
Friable asbestos should only be removed by a licensed asbestos removalist.
If you do decide to self-remove non-friable asbestos in your home, check to see whether or not the asbestos-containing materials are in good condition. If they are in good condition, they are considered a very low risk. There is guidance available for the
Asbestos-containing material must only be disposed of at a site licensed by EPA to accept domestic waste asbestos. Use the to find your nearest EPA licensed asbestos-waste disposal site.
Contact the waste facility prior to transporting your asbestos-containing material to ensure you fulfil the requirements for disposal.
If a rented property is in a state of disrepair to the extent that, for example, a wall is in poor condition and is of an age that it could contain asbestos, it should be checked for asbestos and if present, treated as an urgent repair. See the for more details about arranging urgent repairs.
As a tenant, you can ask for information about asbestos in the property before signing the rental agreement. Be aware that the landlord is not required to have this information. Asbestos generally poses little risk to your health, provided it is in good condition and is not disturbed.
Who can I contact?
Builder or tradesperson
As a self employed tradesperson or contractor visiting a workplace you have certain responsibilities in regard to asbestos.
If the workplace is a domestic premise you are required to ensure that are taken to prevent asbestos dust exposure. If asbestos needs to be removed, you can remove a minor quantity, or you should be . Once removal work is completed you or the licensed removalist are required to engage an independent competent person to issue a clearance certificate before work can commence. You can find a qualified Occupational Hygienist through the .
Reviewed 15 June 2020