DIY removal requirements

Do-it-yourself asbestos removal is not recommended. In some states, it is even illegal. All asbestos removal work in the ACT must be done by a licensed asbestos remover.

All other states and territories allow non-licensed persons to remove non-friable asbestos as long as the area is not larger than 10m2.

This section contains important information that will help you reduce your risk of being exposed to asbestos fibres.

Do-it-yourself work

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Non-licensed persons who are performing non-friable asbestos work must be considered competent. This means the person must have had training and industry experience, as well as the appropriate equipment.
  • It is possible for non-licensed persons to perform work of this magnitude, but it could still pose a danger to human health.
  • A guideline is 10m2, which is roughly the area of a bathroom with an average size wall (or four sheets asbestos cement wall sheeting). Most auckland asbestos removal jobs involve large areas so a licensed asbestos remover will be needed.
  • Common insurance policies won’t cover asbestos-related work. This is something you should know. You could also be responsible for very high clean-up fees if you are a DIY contractor or a non-licensed removalist.

Before you begin

You should consider whether you have the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to remove non-friable asbestos yourself if you’re a DIY homeowner looking to renovate your home.

All rules and regulations must ensure that asbestos fibres are not exposed.

It is highly recommended that you read and follow these instructions:

  • Safe Work has published the Model Code Of Practice: How to Safely Remove Asbestos
  • The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, (if applicable to workers, duty holders or persons performing demolition or refurbishment work).

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