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Asbestos regulations change

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A reminder to contractors carrying out demolition work – changes about removing asbestos or asbestos containing material (ACM) come into effect this month (April 2016).

Asbestos regulations will be updated to bring us into line with other countries and from April 4 a licence is required to remove more than 10 cubic metres of non-friable (bonded) asbestos or ACM in one job, or any amount of friable asbestos in insulation materials (including lagging) where the asbestos is in a powder form when dry, or able to be crumbled or reduced to a powder using your hands. This work will require a Class A licence, because the asbestos fibres are friable and workers could be exposed to larger quantities of airborne fibres.

The licence will be issued by WorkSafe and if your business is likely to require an asbestos removal licence it’s a good idea to register your interest with WorkSafe now at business.govt.nz/worksafe/asbestos.

If you have a Certificate of Competence for restricted asbestos work you are still allowed to work under the new asbestos regulations (under the categories listed on your certificate), until that certificate expires. At that point you will need to apply for one of the new licences or to work on another business’ licence.

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