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Licensed asbestos removal work (Section 466)

Section 466 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires a licensed asbestos removalist to give notice to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) of licensed asbestos removal work at least five days before the work commences. Notification must be made using Form 65: Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition.

Note: The regulator has granted a class exemption so that licensed asbestos removalists do not need to notify before carrying out licensed work, if the work is necessary due to flooding or severe weather conditions (section 466, WHS Regulation 2011). This class exemption took effect on 6 February 2013 and is in effect until 5 February 2018.

Demolition work

You should notify WHSQ in writing using Form 65 – Notification of licensed asbestos removal work/demolition work/ emergency demolition at least five days before commencing demolition:

  • of a structure or part of a structure that is load bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure (only if 6 m or higher in height)
  • involving load shifting machinery on a suspended floor
  • involving explosives.

Other requirements may apply to the demolition or dismantling of a structure. For example asbestos notification may be required when demolishing a structure or plant containing asbestos.

Immediate asbestos removal work (Section 466 (3))

Immediate removal of asbestos may be required if:

  • there is a sudden and unexpected event, including a failure of equipment, that may cause persons to be exposed to respirable asbestos fibres
  • an unexpected breakdown requires immediate rectification to enable the service to continue.

The licensed asbestos removalist must notify WHSQ on 1300 362 128, with the following details:

  • name of licensed removalist
  • site address where the asbestos is being removed
  • reason immediate removal is required.

Written notification on Form 65: Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition must be submitted within 24 hours after the telephone notification.

Notification of emergency demolition of structure or plant containing asbestos (Section 454 (3) and 455 (3))

If an emergency occurs at a workplace or domestic premises where a structure or plant must be demolished and asbestos is fixed to or installed in the structure or plant, WHSQ must be notified before the demolition starts.

An emergency occurs if:

  • a structure or plant is structurally unsound
  • collapse of the structure or plant is imminent.

This notification applies to the emergency demolition of any of the following:

  • a building constructed before 31 December 1989
  • a non-building structure constructed or installed before 31 December 2003 if there are reasonable grounds to believe asbestos is installed in the structure
  • plant constructed or installed before 31 December 2003 if there are reasonable grounds to believe asbestos is installed in the plant.

Notification is required immediately after the person becomes aware of the emergency and before the demolition work is commenced.

Who should notify?

  • at non-domestic locations - the person with control and management of the workplace
  • at domestic premises - the business operator who is to carry out the demolition.

Notification can be made by telephone on 1300 362 128 or by using Form 65: Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition.

If the resultant debris arising from the demolition includes friable asbestos or more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos, or asbestos-containing materials, Form 65: Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition will also need to be completed and submitted to WHSQ by the licensed asbestos removalist.

Notification of asbestos fibre levels exceeding 0.02 fibres/ml (Section 476(1)(b)(ii))

If a licensed removalist carrying out asbestos removal work requiring an A class removal licence at a workplace records asbestos fibre levels at more than 0.02 fibres/ml they must immediately:

  • order the asbestos removal work to stop
  • notify the regulator
  • investigate the cause of the respirable asbestos fibre level
  • implement controls to prevent exposure of anyone to asbestos
  • prevent the further release of respirable asbestos fibre.

Notification must be made immediately to WHSQ on 1300 362 128, with following details:

  • name of licensed removalist
  • site address where the asbestos is being removed
  • date the notification of licensed asbestos removal work was made to WHSQ
  • details of testing and test results.

A copy of the monitoring report must be provided to WHSQ as soon as practicable.

Air monitoring reports can be submitted by email or fax:

Submit your notification

Submit your completed notification form online, by email, fax or mail:

Email

Email us whsnotification@oir.qld.gov.au

Fax

Fax to 07 3874 7700

Mail

Office of Industrial Relations
PO Box 820
Lutwyche Qld 4030

Last updated
10 November 2017

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