Demolition and refurbishment

If you plan to demolish or refurbish a workplace, review the asbestos register first, then give the person conducting the work a copy of the register. If the register is inadequate in light of the work to be done, you must revise it first.

If there is no register, get a competent person, such as a licensed asbestos assessor, to inspect the site for asbestos. If they are unsure, or parts of the site are inaccessible, assume asbestos exists.

Be it a workplace or residential property, you must identify all asbestos that is likely to be disturbed before demolition begins – and remove it.

If the building is unsound or at risk of collapse the asbestos does not have to be removed before demolition. However, before demolition begins you must notify us – and follow this up in writing.

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