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Remove and dispose of asbestos using licensed removalist

The steps below can help you manage the process of engaging a licensed removalist to remove asbestos from your workplace.

  1. Use the Find a Licensed Asbestos Removalist directory to locate a licensed removalist in your area.

    There are two types of licences for asbestos removal – Class A and Class B. Only Class A license-holders can remove friable asbestos.

    To determine what type of licence is required for your job, see using a licensed asbestos removalist

  2. Victoria's health and safety laws require employers to consult, so far as is reasonably practicable, with employees and health and safety representatives (if any) who are, or are likely to be directly affected by any health or safety matters. Consultation must include sharing information, giving employees the opportunity to express their views, and taking those views into account. 

    For more information about this duty, see Consultation: A guide for Victorian workplaces.

  3. 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 are re-occupied. 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. 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.

    For more information about clearance certificates, see the Removing asbestos in workplaces compliance code.

  4. When asbestos is removed from your workplace, you must update your asbestos register to reflect the change. You must also update the asbestos register in circumstances where asbestos has been sealed or enclosed.

    Next steps

    Find and identify asbestos in your workplace
    How to manage asbestos in your workplace

Reviewed 28 October 2019

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