If your business involves handling asbestos, you need to know about law changes designed to keep you and your workers safe.
As of 4 April 2016, most asbestos removal work will require a licence. This will affect not only asbestos removal businesses, but also builders, roofers and other tradespeople who remove asbestos.
The new laws will help make sure people removing asbestos have the skills and experience they need to keep themselves, and others, safe. Tragically, more than 170 New Zealanders die each year from asbestos-related diseases.
In the new regime there will be two types of licences available:
Class A licences. These will be required if you’re removing any amount of friable (powdery or has potential to become powdery) asbestos. The types of asbestos that can be removed include:
Class B licences. These will be required if you’re removing more than 10m2 of non-friable asbestos. The types of asbestos that can be removed include:
Note: No licences will be required if you’re removing:
Licences can’t be issued until the regulations are passed, but if you know you’re going to need a Class B licence, you can register your interest in a Class B licence (external link) on the WorkSafe website now.
You’ll be asked for the following information:
Your certificate will allow you to work under the new asbestos regulations (under the categories specified on your certificate), until your certificate expires. At that point, you will need to apply for one of the new licences or to work on another business’s licence.