New on-the-spot fines
Any individual or business in NSW that appoints an unlicensed asbestos removalist will now face an on-the-spot fine.
The new laws came into effect on 13 February under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.
They cover Class A asbestos removal licences for the removal of friable asbestos and Class B licences for the removal of bonded asbestos.
Individuals face fines of $720, while businesses face fines of $3600.
“Asbestos can be found in any property built or renovated before 1987, and one in three Australian homes is believed to contain asbestos,” said Peter Dunphy, executive director of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, in a media release.
To find a licenced asbestos removalist, visit Asbestos Demolition Licence Holders
For more details, visit WorkCover NSW
Published on 26 February 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin