Asbestos Clearance Inspection & Certificate
Under the WHS Regulation asbestos clearance inspection and certificate is required for all licensed asbestos removal work.
Asbestos Clearance Requirements
The code of practice “How to Safely Remove Asbestos” states “A person commissioning licensed asbestos removal work must ensure that, once the licensed asbestos removal work has been completed, a clearance inspection is carried out and a clearance certificate is issued before the workplace can be re-occupied by:
an independent licensed asbestos assessor, for work that must be carried out by a Class A licensed asbestos removalist (for example, if the removal work involved friable asbestos)
an independent competent person, for asbestos work that is not required to be carried out by a Class A licensed asbestos removalist (for example, if removal work involved more than 10sqm of non-friable asbestos).
This also includes where the work is being carried out at domestic premises.
To be independent, the licensed asbestos assessor or competent person must not be involved in the removal of asbestos for that specific job and is not involved in a business or undertaking involved in the removal of the asbestos for that specific job. The WHS regulator may allow certain situations.
Prior to issuing a clearance certificate, the independent licensed assessor or competent person must be satisfied that the asbestos removal area and the area immediately surrounding it are free from visible asbestos contamination. To do this, they must conduct a visual inspection for evidence of dust and debris. If air monitoring was also conducted, the results of that test must show that asbestos is below 0.01 fibres/ml of air.
If a clearance certificate has not been issued, the asbestos removal area must not be re-occupied for normal use or other work activities. A clearance certificate must be issued before the area can be re-occupied for demolition or other work.
Unauthorised persons cannot enter the asbestos removal work area prior to a clearance certificate being issued and any protective barricades should remain in place until the completion of all licensed asbestos removal work and the final clearance certificate is issued.
Our competent consultants and licensed asbestos assessors undertake clearance inspections of any asbestos removal job and issue clearance certificates in accordance with Appendix C of the code of practice “How to Safely Remove Asbestos”.
Contact our office for all your requirements for asbestos clearance.