This section is intended for builders and tradespersons who are sole-traders. Sole-traders are regarded as self-employed persons for the purpose of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations). As a self-employed person, you have legal duties in relation to managing asbestos, and must ensure your work does not pose risks to the health and safety of others.
However, if you are a builder or tradesperson who employs person(s), you are regarded as an employer for the purpose of the OHS Act and the OHS Regulations, and the duties for employers in relation to managing asbestos will apply to you. For more information about these duties, see
The following sections can help you understand your responsibilities in relation to managing asbestos as a self-employed person:
For detailed information about your obligations see:
Reviewed 13 January 2021