Code of practice - How to safely remove asbestos

This code of practice 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 of practice should be read in conjunction with the WHS transitional arrangements.

Code of practice
Last updated 16 May 2023

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