New asbestos removal regulations

WORKCOVER NSW has issued a reminder about upcoming changes to regulations around licensing of asbestos removalists.

WORKCOVER NSW has issued a reminder about upcoming changes to regulations around licensing of asbestos removalists.

WorkCover CEO Jon Blackwell said that from January 1, 2008, the threshold for the removal, repair and disturbance of bonded asbestos has been reduced to 10 square metres.

“Under the changes, work undertaken that involves the removal of ten square metres or more of bonded asbestos material will need to be performed by appropriately licensed operators,” he said.

“The reduction from the current threshold of 50 square metres to 10 square metres has been designed to improve the management of workplace safety for those who work with asbestos.”

Mr Blackwell said the changes have meant some people who were not previously required to hold a licence to remove asbestos, may now need to be licensed.

“Although these changes will increase the number of people needing licences, they are important as they will reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres.

“Qualified builders and contractors need to follow the correct procedures to manage the risks associated with the removal of bonded asbestos to ensure people are not exposed to the serious health conditions associated with asbestos,” Mr Blackwell said.

For further information about the current thresholds and notification requirements for asbestos removal, or to obtain a licence application, phone 13 10 50 or visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

Information for home renovators working with asbestos and fibro can also be found at www.nsw.gov.au/fibro

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