New licence requirements for asbestos removal

A national licensing system for asbestos removal is being introduced from 4 April 2016. Will your business need a licence?

Three types of licences will be available under the new asbestos regulations, which cover what types of asbestos can be removed.

Class A licence

Any type or quantity of asbestos or asbestos-containing material, including:

  • any amount of friable asbestos or asbestos containing material (ACM)
  • any amount of asbestos-contaminated dust or debris (ACD)
  • any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM

Class B licence

  • any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM
  • ACD associated with removing any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM

Asbestos assessor licence

  • an asbestos assessor provides air quality monitoring during removal work, inspects the finished job and provides a clearance certificate
  • a licensed asbestos assessor will be required to assess Class A asbestos removal work from 2018 onwards

No licence is required for asbestos removal:

  • up to and including 10m2 of non-friable asbestos or ACM, cumulatively, over the whole course of the removal project for the site
  • ACD that is associated with removing 10m2 or less of non-friable asbestos or ACM and any associated minor ACD

Other important points:

New removal licences will be held by a business, rather than a person.

For businesses requiring a Class A and Class B licence:

  • you can apply for a Class A and Class B licence from 4 April 2016
  • information on the application criteria and process is available now at Worksafe

Current certificate of competence holders will be able to continue removing asbestos (in the categories specified on their certificate) and supervise asbestos removal until their certificate expires.

If you will need a Class B licence from 4 April 2016, get in touch with WorkSafe now to register your interest and speed up your licence application. More detail can be also found here

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