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Licenced asbestos removalist audit continues

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is continuing its targeted assessment of licensed asbestos removalists checking for those who engage in unsafe practices. Several removalists have had sanctions applied to their licences in recent months. Removalists with poor compliance records are being targeted by a specialist team of inspectors as part of the state wide audit.

All asbestos removal licences are issued with a condition that requires holders to carry out their work in a competent and safe manner. So far in 2018 the following sanctions have been imposed on licence holders not demonstrating safe and competent work practices:

  • Class B Licence cancelled with a disqualification period of 12 months.
  • Class A Licence cancelled with a disqualification period of 12 months.
  • Class B Licence suspended. Suspension is in place for three months, until 5 September when the licence will be reinstated, on the proviso that an audit will be conducted by WHSQ within six months of the reinstatement, and duty holder is found to be operating safety and competently in regards to their asbestos removal licence.
  • Class A Licence renewal application refused following assessment by WHSQ which happened to correspond with licence renewal application. The duty holder is in final stages of review.

Several other removalists audited are in the final stages of a show cause period. The show cause process allows the duty holder to put forward reasons as to why a warning, suspension or cancellation should not be applied to their license.

Head of WHSQ, Dr Simon Blackwood said two other licensed asbestos removalists were currently being assessed.

“This is an ongoing program, so other licence holders will be selected for assessment,” Dr Blackwood said.

“When licence sanctions are applied, a notation is made against the licence holder on the list of licensed asbestos removalists located online.”

Dr Blackwood recommended anyone looking to employ a licensed asbestos removalist should check the Queensland Government’s online register of licence holders first.

“If you find a licence holder carrying out licensed asbestos removal without holding the relevant licence, you can let us know. We will continue to target unlicensed work for comprehensive investigation and possible fine or prosecution,” he said.

Further information

Check the asbestos removal licence register at worksafe.qld.gov.au.

Last updated
31 August 2018

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