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Practical guidance

Removing or disturbing asbestos

There are specific requirements how asbestos should be managed during removal, minor works or maintenance procedures. It is also important to know about prohibited activities, notifications, licences as well as advice about clean ups after floods, storms or fires.


Prohibited activities
Queensland laws prohibit the use of certain tools and work methods when working with asbestos-containing materials as they can generate dangerous airborne asbestos fibres.

Wearing protective equipment
Wearing the right personal protective equipment is essential to protecting your health when working with asbestos.

Safe work procedures
It is important that safe work procedures are in place when carrying out asbestos work or asbestos-related work to prevent fibres becoming airborne.

Asbestos and demolition notifications

Asbestos and demolition notifications
A notification must be submitted to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland before certain asbestos and demolition work takes place.

Asbestos removal work
Requirements for asbestos removal, demolition and refurbishment.

Asbestos-related work
Minor work on non-friable asbestos can be done safely by following established safe work procedures.

Asbestos licences

Asbestos licences
There are two types of asbestos removal licences, friable asbestos (class A) and non-friable asbestos (class B).

Homeowner's certificate to remove asbestos
The removal of asbestos containing materials from homes and workplaces has different obligations under different laws.

Air monitoring
Airborne asbestos fibre sampling that assesses exposures and the effectiveness of control measures.

Clearance inspections
A clearance inspection is an inspection of an area after licensed asbestos removal work has been completed to verify that it is safe for normal use.

Transport and disposal of asbestos waste

Transport and disposal of asbestos waste
You are obliged to comply with laws about how asbestos can be transport and disposed of.

Which businesses are licensed to remove asbestos in Queensland?

Which businesses are licensed to remove asbestos in Queensland?
Details of businesses that hold Class A and Class B licences to remove asbestos. A licensed asbestos assessor is required to carry out air monitoring, clearance inspections and issuing clearance certificates for friable asbestos removal.