Asbestos

Remove and dispose of asbestos using self-removal

Under Victorian law, an employer or self-employed person can conduct a limited amount of asbestos removal work without a licence involving:

  • the removal of non-friable asbestos-containing material if:
    • the area of asbestos-containing material to be removed does not exceed 10 square metres in total, and
    • the total time asbestos removal work is performed in any period of seven days does not exceed one hour (this period is the cumulative total time the asbestos removal work is carried out by all employees over a period of seven days).
  • the removal of asbestos-contaminated dust if:
    • the asbestos removal work does not exceed 10minutes in total, and
    • the total time asbestos removal work is performed in any period of seven days does not exceed one hour (thisperiod is the cumulative total time the asbestos removal work is carried out by all employees over a period of seven days).

Requirements for training, signage, personal protective equipment, decontamination processes, packaging of asbestos waste and disposal apply to limited asbestos removal work. For more information about these, see the Removing asbestos in workplaces compliance code.

All other non-friable asbestos and all friable asbestos must always be removed by a licensed asbestos removalist.

Reviewed 29 October 2019

Remove and dispose of asbestos using self-removal

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