A person conducting a company or endeavour must have an asbestos removal license (PCBU). Workers perform asbestos removal work for or on behalf of the PCBU that owns the license. Individual workers do not need to be licensed to operate with asbestos, but they must complete certain training requirements.
Requirements for asbestos removal work that is licensed and other requirements for conducting licensed asbestos removal work include:
- obtaining a copy of the workplace’s asbestos register
- creating and making widely available asbestos removal control plans
- notifying the public before asbestos cleanup work begins
- constructing roadblocks and signage
- restricting access to the asbestos-removal site
- The availability of decontamination facilities
- Correctly dispose of asbestos trash
- being aware of additional Asbestos removal Oxford regulation jobs, such as air monitoring
Requirements for asbestos removal and asbestos-related job documentation
Creating a plan for asbestos removal and control
For every regulated asbestos removal activity, a qualified asbestos removalist must establish and document an asbestos removal control plan. The asbestos removal management strategy must include the following elements:
- Information on how asbestos will be removed, including the method to be employed and the tools, equipment, and personal protective equipment that will be utilized.
- Information on the asbestos to be removed, such as its location, type, and condition.
Statement of a safe working method (SWMS)
A safe work procedure statement must be prepared and documented by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) performing high-risk construction work (SWMS). Construction activity that involves or is likely to involve the disruption of asbestos is considered high risk. An SWMS must include the following features:
- Identify building projects with a high risk of failure.
- describe the hazards of high-risk construction work, as well as the health and safety issues connected with those dangers.
- Describe the steps that will be taken to mitigate the risks.
- Specify how the controls will be applied, monitored, and evaluated.
The asbestos removal control plan must be preserved until all asbestos removal activity related to it is finished. The plan must be easily accessible to other PCBUs and workers at the worksite, and it must also be available to the residents if the work is being done in a home. If a notifiable incident happens during asbestos removal work, the qualified asbestos removalist must retain the plan for at least two years following the incident. The PCBU must keep an SWMS until the high-risk construction work to which it pertains is finished. Any worker hired by the PCBU to perform high-risk construction work must have easy access to the SWMS. If a notifiable incident happens while performing high-risk construction work, the PCBU must maintain the statement for at least two years.
Other asbestos-related work that needs documentation
Although an asbestos removal control plan is not required to remove less than ten square meters of non-friable asbestos-containing material or asbestos-contaminated dust or debris associated with that work, an SWMS is necessary and must be documented. Asbestos-related work includes any asbestos-related activity other than asbestos removal, such as drilling into ACM. A recorded safe work technique statement is required for asbestos-related work that is also high-risk construction work.