As a commercial property owner of premises leased or rented to business, you are responsible for ensuring any asbestos removal work is carried out safely. Although unlicensed removal of limited amounts of non-friable asbestos or asbestos-contaminated dust is permitted, it is not recommended. It is safer for a licensed asbestos removalist to perform the work.
If you need to engage a licensed removalist, the steps below can help you manage the process.
There are two types of licences for asbestos removal – Class A and Class B. Only Class A licence-holders can remove friable asbestos. Both Class A and Class B can remove non-friable asbestos. To determine what type of licence is required for your job, see .
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.
If you commission the asbestos removal work, you must arrange to obtain a clearance certificate. A clearance certificate is a written statement that a specific area where asbestos removal work has taken place has had specified asbestos-containing materials removed and has been cleaned of any visible asbestos containing debris associated with the removal.
The clearance certificate must be completed by an independent person before the areas where the asbestos removal work was performed are re-occupied. An independent person is someone who is independent from you and the licensed asbestos removalist, and has the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to carry out the relevant functions needed to complete the clearance certificate.An example of a person with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience is an occupational hygienist.
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.
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.
Reviewed 28 October 2019