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How to safely remove asbestos

NT WorkSafe

Version:  2020.  (Current)
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Publication date
21 May 2020
Current status

This Code is intended to be read by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU). It provides practical guidance to PCBUs on how to manage health and safety risks associated with removing asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) from workplaces.

A PCBU may be an asbestos removalist who may carry out asbestos removal work that does not require a licence; Class A asbestos removal work; or Class B asbestos removal work. This could include both asbestos removal companies and those persons who may carry out small asbestos removal jobs and may not have an asbestos licence, for example, tradespersons.

It is recommended that other duty holders - for example, a PCBU who commissions asbestos removal work at a workplace (PCBU who commissions removal work) - should read this Code to ensure they are aware of mandatory requirements.

This Code may also be used by workers and their health and safety representatives and other people affected by asbestos removal work, for example, neighbours.

It is important to read the Code of practice: How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace, as it provides specific guidance on identifying asbestos or ACM in the workplace, determining whether removal is the best control option and implementing other control measures if removing asbestos is not the most appropriate action to take.

This Code may be a useful reference for other persons interested in the duties under the WHS Act and WHS Regulations.

This Code applies to all workplaces covered by the WHS Act where asbestos removal is carried out. Some chapters of this Code will apply to asbestos that is present in residential premises where the premises become a workplace.



1: Introduction
2: Duties For Removal Work That Does Not Require A Licence
3: Duties For Licensed Asbestos Removal Work
4: Controls Applicable To All Types Of Asbestos Removal
5: Using An Enclosure During Large-Scale Removal Work
6: Methods For Small Scale Removal Work
7: Controls For Specific Asbestos Removal Work
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Asbestos Removal Control Plan Contents
Appendix C: Respiratory Protective Equipment
Appendix D: Example Of A Clearance Certificate
Appendix E: Examples Of Asbestos Removal Work

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