Restricted asbestos licencing - Frequently asked questions

Changes to the licensing of asbestos removal were made in 2010 and include new requirements.

When did the new restricted asbestos licensing scheme commence?  

The new restricted asbestos removal licensing scheme commenced on 1 June 2010.  

From that date, people or businesses involved in removing more than 10 square metres of bonded (non-friable) asbestos in a workplace must be licenced by WorkSafe. 

The previous Asbestos Removal Licence has become an Unrestricted Asbestos Removal Licence and the conditions of that licence has not changed.

If the Restricted Asbestos Licence holder is not an individual person, is everyone who works for that entity required to hold a Restricted Asbestos Licence?

No. If the licence holder is a business entity, the license holder must nominate at least one person who has the training and experience to properly supervise and manage non-friable asbestos work. This person does not necessarily have to hold a Restricted Asbestos Licence, but must have appropriate training and experience.

Must the licence holder be on site at all times?

No. If the licence holder is not on site, they must nominate at least one person who has the training and experience to properly supervise and manage non-friable asbestos work.

What documentation must be kept on site?

The licence holder must ensure that a copy of the licence and the Codes of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos, 2nd edition [NOHSC:2002 (2005)] (the asbestos removal code) and Management and Control of Asbestos in Workplaces [NOHSC:2018 (2005)] are on site and can be produced upon request by WorkSafe.

It is also a condition of the asbestos removalist licence that a safe work method statement (restricted licence) or asbestos removal control plan (unrestricted licence) is kept for a minimum of five years and produced on the request of a WorkSafe auditor.  

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