Asbestos Removal Codes & Compliance

Asbestos is dangerous and even more so when it is disturbed!

We comply with all Asbestos Removal Codes, and South Australian Government Acts and Regulations to ensure that our work is not only safe in practice but also enduring and sustainable.

Our air monitoring during remediation is carried out by independent certified contractors and tested in NATA accredited laboratories.
Copies of all the SA Acts and Regulations and Codes of Practice are available on request.

  1. Work Health and Safety Act, 2012
  2. Work Health and Safety SA Regulations, 2012
  3. Environmental Protection act 1993
  4. Code of practice; How to safely remove Asbestos.
  5. Code of Practice; How to manage and control asbestos in the workplace.

All jobs are quoted and the work is carried out to an agreed time schedule and cost structure.

Andrews personality is one that mixes well with a wide range of people, and I always found him eager to discuss situations to achieve the best outcomes.

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I believe that Andy will ensure that the work he undertakes will be in accordance with his license requirements and all relevant requirements of the Building Code or Housing Code as may be the case.

J C Grinnell, ManagerEnvironmental Services, Renmark Paringa Counci

Insurance

Watts Asbestos is a small, independent and specialist Asbestos Removal and demolition company, fully licensed, qualified and operating in your area.

House fires and demolition is our speciality. We can deal with all contingencies including the safe removal of all rubbish.

Asbestos Removal Victoria including Mildura

Important information from the E.P.A. – Environmental Protection Agency of Victoria

Asbestos

The three main types of asbestos are white, blue and brown, used mainly before 1980 in the production of asbestos cement sheeting and piping. Asbestos was also used in the manufacture of vinyl floor tiles, electrical components, brake linings and disc pads.

When disturbed, it produces a dust that contains asbestos fibres. Fibres breathed into the lungs can cause a range of health problems including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma

Asbestos disposal

The disposal of waste asbestos, whether from a workplace or household, is controlled by EPA. In addition, EPA controls the transportation of waste asbestos when undertaken by a commercial contractor.

EPA has generated a list of Victorian landfills licensed to receive asbestos to assist in identifying the closest disposal option. Landfills are categorised as domestic (householder DIY), commercial and domestic, and commercial only.

If you have asbestos on your property, EPA recommends you consult a professional removalist who has a WorkCover licence. WorkSafe keeps a list of licensed asbestos removalists A list of permitted transporters that can transport asbestos can be found in the Prescribed industrial waste database by selecting N220 Asbestos as the waste type, or contacting EPA on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842). Further information on the transporting and disposal of asbestos is available in section 6.1 of EPA’s Industrial waste resource guidelines.

Further information

The Asbestos in Victoria website is the collective advice from WorkSafe Victoria, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Health. It provides advice and information to help homeowners, tenants, employers and workers understand the risks of asbestos, how to comply with your duties, and resources for managing and removing asbestos in homes and workplaces.

Identification, management, handling and removal of asbestos in a workplace is regulated by WorkSafe Victoria.

Concerns about asbestos in the household should be discussed with local councils or the Department of Health.

If you would like to have a sample of material tested for asbestos, contact the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) on (03) 9274 8200.

Asbestos Transportation and Disposal

A licensed waste transporter can supply a plastic-lined skip/bin for disposing of asbestos. When the job is complete the plastic needs to be pulled over the top and sealed with duct tape or similar.

Waste transporters can be located under ‘Asbestos removal and/or treatment’ in the Yellow Pages.

Metropolitan residents can dispose of asbestos at specific transfer stations or waste depots. It is recommended that you contact your local transfer station or waste depot for advice on disposal requirements.

Asbestos can be taken to landfills but it must be wrapped in manageable-sized packages in thick (200-micron) plastic, and taped at the seams. Large hardware stores or building suppliers should sell this type of plastic.

Asbestos removal

Asbestos can be removed from residential properties but there are health and safety risks associated. Check out SafeWork SA on more information about asbestos removal.

Non-friable asbestos

A licence from SafeWork SA is required if a contractor is engaged to remove 10 m2 or more of non-friable asbestos.

A licence is not required for less than 10 metres2 of non-friable asbestos, but the work has to be undertaken in accordance with the Code of Practice for Safe Removal of Asbestos (from Safe Work Australia), and the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and Regulations 2013.

Friable asbestos

A licence from SafeWork SA is required if a contractor is engaged to remove 0.5 m2 or more of friable asbestos.

For more information, see SafeWork SA.

Further information