The Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 establishes mandatory requirements for managing and removing asbestos in the workplace through:
From 1 July 2006, in Queensland:
- An A class licence, also known as an Asbestos Removal Business Certificate, is required to remove friable or loose asbestos in any quantity.
- A new B class licence is required to remove non-friable asbestos (bonded materials such as asbestos cement sheeting) in quantities of greater than 10 square metres.
Workplace Health & Safety Regulation
Chapter 8 of the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Regulation refers to asbestos.
A person conducting a business or undertaking is obliged to comply with the requirements of this chapter. These obligations include:
- Identify the locations of all asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) on site, for workplaces built prior to 2004.
- Maintain a register on the premises which includes date of assessment, location of asbestos, analysis, risk assessments, control measures, and details of competent person who undertook the assessment.
- Develop, maintain and monitor an Asbestos Management Plan to ensure all ACMs are managed effectively and in accordance with Regulation requirements.
- Reassess ACMs at least every 5 years, more often if the nature of the work near, or in proximity of work to asbestos material changes.
- Label all ACMs, if reasonably practicable.
- Notify the Regulator 5 days prior to any removal work.
- Provide training for workers, contractors and others who come in contact with ACMs.
- Stop removal works and notify the regulator if levels exceed 0.02 fibres/ml.
- For all licensed removal works, ensure clearance inspections are conducted by competent persons/licensed assessors who are independent to the removal process, before a work area is re-occupied.
For further information please visit the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website:
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Website