WHAT ARE THE DUTIES FOR LICENSED ASBESTOS REMOVAL WORK?

The removal work for asbestos varies depending on the amount, the type and the condition of the asbestos or the ACM that need to be eliminated. There are specific duties in the WHS Regulations that should be strictly implemented to make sure that licensed asbestos work is executed in the safest possible manner without unloosing asbestos into the air and exposing workers to its toxicity.

The following summarises the specific duties in the WHS Regulations:

  • a qualified asbestos removalist supervisor has to be present at all times while the removal work is on going (R. 459)
  • the asbestos removal worker is required to undergo proper training and complete relevant units of competencies in asbestos removal work (R. 460-461)
  • inform different parties about asbestos removal and offer them relevant pieces of information (R.462 and R467-468)
  • procure a workplace’s asbestos register (R.463)
  • create a comprehensive asbestos removal control plan (R.464-465)
  • inform the regulator about the removal work before commencing (R466)
  • put up appropriate labels and signs in the asbestos work site (R.469)
  • confine the site and limit access to the area (R.470)
  • make sure that decontamination facilities are ready and in place (R.471)
  • make sure waste containment as well as disposal procedures are in order (R.472)
  • see to it that clearance inspections are done and clearance certificates are issued (R.473-474)
  • make sure air monitoring is being done when needed (R.475-477)

All these requirements are applicable to several duty holders including the person responsible for ordering the asbestos removal work, the licensed asbestos removalist, and the person who manages and controls the workplace. The duties are elaborated more below.

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Step 1

The asbestos removalist supervisor must be present or readily available while the removal work is ongoing.

The law requires that when a licensed asbestos removal work is on going there should be an asbestos removal supervisor present all the time to check and monitor the work. The licensed asbestos supervisor must also be certified according to the type of removal work being done. If the work needs a Class A licence, for example dealing with friable asbestos, then the asbestos removal supervisor must always be at the site while the removal work is being done.

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Step 2

Certification and training must be obtained and completed before a worker is allowed to perform a licensed asbestos removal work.

A licensed asbestos removalist should not allow a worker to perform a licensed asbestos removal work not unless the worker’s certification is applicable to the class of licensed asbestos removal work that is about to be done.

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Step 3

Inform relevant parties about the licensed asbestos removal work before commencement at a workplace.

Before the official licensed asbestos removal work commences at a workplace, the licensed asbestos removalist is obliged to notify the person in charge of the workplace about the work and the date of its commencement.

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Step 4

An asbestos register must be acquired from the manager of the workplace before the start of the licensed asbestos removal work.

Prior to starting the licensed asbestos removal work, the licensed asbestos removalist is required to acquire a copy of the asbestos register for the workplace from the manager of the workplace. This provision is not applicable if the work is being done at a domestic premise.

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Step 5

An asbestos removal control plan must be in place.

It is the responsibility of the licensed asbestos removalist to come up with an asbestos removal control plan for the licensed asbestos removal work they are appointed to undertake.

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The licensed asbestos removalist should inform the regulator about the licensed asbestos removal work at least 5 days before the removal work starts.

A licensed asbestos removalist should inform the regulator in print at least five days before the licensed asbestos removal work starts.

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Step 8

The licensed asbestos removalist must make sure decontamination facilities are accessible from the asbestos removal work area.

During the execution of the licensed asbestos removal work, the licensed asbestos removalist is required to ensure that decontamination facilities are accessible for the asbestos removal work area, any plant used in that area and workers who are performing the asbestos removal work.
Section 4.6 of this Code shows decontamination procedures that can be implemented at the workplace.

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Asbestos waste must be securely sealed and labeled to conform to the GHS.

While the licensed asbestos removal work is on going, the licensed asbestos removalist has to make sure that the asbestos waste is securely confined and labeled to conform with the GHS before the asbestos is removed from the area. It must be disposed at an authorised site as soon as possible.

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When the asbestos removal job is done, a clearance inspection must be carried out.

The person who ordered the licensed asbestos removal work should make sure that as soon as the job is brought to completion, a clearance inspection must be executed followed by the issuance of a clearance certificate before the workplace can be reoccupied by:

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Step 11

A-Class Only

Air monitoring is required to check if the control measures applied were successful.

Air monitoring is a procedure wherein samples of airborne asbestos fibres are obtained to assess exposure to asbestos as well as evaluate the effectiveness of the control measures applied. The process must be done in compliance with the Guidance Note on the Membrane Filter Method for Estimating Airborne Asbestos Dust, 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 3003 (2005)].

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Step 12

A-Class Only

Steps that need to be carried out when evacuating friable asbestos.

It is important to decontaminate the enclosure before you dismantle it to reduce the release of asbestos fibres into the air. The person who ordered the removal of friable asbestos must acquire a clearance certificate from a licensed asbestos assessor after the dismantling of the enclosure.