Federal, state and territory governments have regulations in force to protect you, your family, the environment and the community when you are working with asbestos. Legal requirements relating to asbestos include:
- It is illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in domestic garbage bins
- It is illegal to re-use or recycle asbestos products
- It is illegal to dump asbestos products – locate your closest asbestos disposal facility
- It is illegal to use power tools that make asbestos fibres airborne
- It is illegal to waterblast asbestos cement sheets (fibro)
- Only licenced asbestos removalists can remove asbestos of 10 square metres or more
- Only licenced Friable Asbestos Removalists are able to handle or remove any amount of friable asbestos
- Licenced removal work has to be notified to SafeWork NSW 7 days prior to removal
- A worksite permit must be issued to remove friable asbestos
- All licenced contractors have to be able to give you a copy of their licence, you should ask to see their licence when hiring an asbestos removalist to ensure they have a current licence
- 10 square metres is equivalent to the size of a typical bedroom wall in an average home or about the size of a small bathroom or an outside toilet or shed
- All licenced contractors must be able to give you a copy of their current licence – ask to see their licence when hiring an asbestos removalist
- All asbestos removal is to be in accordance with Safe Work Australia’s Model Code of Practice: How to safely remove asbestos July 2020.
- It is illegal to bury asbestos on your own property
- All asbestos must be legally disposed of at a lawful landfill site. Not every landfill site is authorised to accept asbestos. To find a site near you contact the relevant authority in your state or territory or visit the Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency’s database.
- Your council may also have policies regarding the removal of asbestos so visit your council’s website to find out what’s required
- NSW residents and tradies can call the 1800 Asbestos Hotline (1800 272 378) for asbestos enquiries.
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