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Asbestos removal and monitoring

Asbestos Assessor Licence

Under regulation 475 air monitoring must be conducted at all licensed asbestos removals by an independent licensed asbestos assessor. This requirement also applies to Class B removals via transitional regulation 726.

The air monitoring can provide information for clearance for the PCBU for re-entry (reoccupation) as well as provide exposure information for the licensed removalists workforce.

The Asbestos Assessor Licence was introduced into South Australia on 1 January 2015. Laboratories (as a business) were previously approved to carry out asbestos monitoring work but now individual persons are licensed under Regulation 489. Regulation 528 requires SafeWork SA to keep a publicly available register of each person holding an asbestos assessor licence.

Licence: Asbestos Assessor Licence

Fees: Refer to Related Information for current fees.

Duration: 5 years

Note: This licence enables the holder to conduct air monitoring at licensed asbestos removals and clear class A asbestos removals for reoccupation. Applicants must be familiar with the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) and Chapter 8 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA), relevant Codes of Practice and Australian Standards. If applicants intend to count their own slides (to the membrane filter method) rather than use the services of a NATA laboratory, they must hold documented slide counting proficiency.

Please refer to the User Guide for information on the requirements for applicants of this licence.

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Example Asbestos Assessor Licence

Asbestos removal requiring a Class A licence

Licence: Class A - Asbestos Removal Licence

Fees: Refer to Related Information for current fees.

Duration: 5 years

Note: This licence enables the holder to remove any form of asbestos material. Applicants must be familiar with the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) and Chapter 8 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA), relevant Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.

Please contact us on 8303 0400 for an explanation on Asbestos removal licenses and notifications.

Asbestos removal requiring a Class B licence

Licence: Class B asbestos removal licence - Asbestos Cement (Fibro), and non-Friable (Floor Tile) Products

Fees: Refer to Related Information for current fees.

Duration: 5 years

Note: This licence enables the holder to remove only asbestos cement products (e.g. fibro) and other non-friable asbestos containing material (e.g. floor tiles). Applicants must be familiar with the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) and Chapter 8 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012 (SA), relevant Codes of Practice and Australian Standards. Where applicants intend to remove asbestos-backed vinyl floor coverings and other friable asbestos products they must hold a Class A asbestos removal licence.

Please refer to the User Guide for information on the requirements for applicants of this licence.

Related Information

Forms and Fees

Asbestos Audit Project

SafeWork SA and the Environment Protection Authority are conducting an ongoing audit to assess South Australian asbestos removalists' licence compliance. The state's licensed asbestos removalists have been audited for compliance with current legislative requirements for the identification, removal and disposal of asbestos.

View the report of the audit project (PDF 198kb).