Asbestos notifications

Notifications of asbestos work and emergency demolition provides risk based information to SafeWork NSW so it can apply resources and target compliance and enforcement actions to areas of greatest risk to health and safety.

Did you know that you can submit a notification using the Asbestos and Demolition Online Notification System?

Notification of asbestos removal work

You must notify SafeWork NSW five calendar days before undertaking any licenced asbestos removal work.

Interstate asbestos removalists operating in NSW must also notify SafeWork NSW when carrying out asbestos removal work in NSW.

Asbestos removalists licensed in NSW and Interstate asbestos removalists operating in NSW can lodge the notification electronically using our asbestos and demolition online notification system.

Where asbestos must be removed immediately, the licensed asbestos removalist must contact us on 13 10 50 and lodge the notification electronically using the asbestos and demolition online notification system within 24 hours of the telephone notification.

Alternatively, asbestos removalists can complete the asbestos notification form.

Our Inspectors can issue on the spot fines to any individual or business that appoints an unlicensed asbestos removalist, and the licensed asbestos removalists who fail to notify SafeWork of licensed asbestos removal work.

Notification of respirable asbestos fibre levels at more than 0.02 fibres/ml

For Class A work, the licensed asbestos removalist must order removal work to stop and notify SafeWork NSW immediately if respirable asbestos fibre levels exceeds 0.02 fibres/ml in the removal area.

Asbestos removalists licensed in NSW and Interstate asbestos removalists operating in NSW can lodge the notification electronically using the asbestos and demolition online notification system.

Alternatively, asbestos removalists can complete the asbestos notification form.

Emergency demolition of a structure or plant involving asbestos

You must notify SafeWork NSW of the demolition or refurbishment of a structure or plant:

  • That was constructed or installed before 31 December 2003
  • Is located in either a workplace or a residential premises where an emergency has occurred
  • The structure or plant must be demolished
  • Asbestos is fixed or installed in the structure or plant before the emergency has occurred

Demolition or refurbishment does not include minor or routine maintenance work or other minor work.

An emergency occurs if:

  • A structure or plant is structurally unsound
  • Collapse of the structure or plant is imminent

The person with management or control of the workplace can complete the emergency demolition notification form.

If in residential premises the licensed asbestos removalist, must notify SafeWork NSW using the asbestos and demolition notification system or complete the emergency demolition notification form.

Notification details

Completed notification forms can be lodged by:

  • email: adu@safework.nsw.gov.au
  • post: Asbestos and Demolition Unit, SafeWork NSW, PO BOX  1291, Liverpool  NSW  1871

All asbestos notifications are free.

Hotline and other information

The asbestos and demolition hotline number is 1800 672 718.

More information about asbestos notifications is available in from the our Asbestos guide or by calling 13 10 50.

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