Asbestos – Who is responsible? Builders.

Asbestos – Who is responsible? Builders.

When it comes to asbestos, there are a number of people responsible for managing and eliminating asbestos risk and harm to others. These people are the likes of; builders, body corporates, property managers, commercial property owners, residential property owners, property developers, tradesmen, incorporated societies, and building demolition and removal specialists.

Asbestos regulations state that “The PCBU who intends to carry out the demolition or refurbishment must not carry out the demolition or refurbishment until the structure or plant has been inspected to determine whether asbestos or ACM is fixed to or installed in the structure or plant.”

This means that any demolition or refurbishment to a property, whether it be residential, commercial, or industrial, where the age of the property is prior to 2000, must be inspected for asbestos before the work begins.

It is important to note that if it is assumed that there is asbestos, you will need to carry out all works in accordance with WorkSafe’s approved methods. Click here to view the approved methods set by WorkSafe.

Failing to comply with the current regulations is an offence and is liable for conviction. If you are an individual, you will receive a fine not exceeding $10,000. For any other person, you will receive a fine not exceeding $50,000. This article illustrates the repercussions of not following the rules and regulations in regards to asbestos.

If you’re thinking of demolishing your property or renovating, it would be safe to get a qualified asbestos surveyor to check your property. Our Betta Asbestos Consultancy team can help you survey your property, test materials that might be asbestos, and put together a management plan if there is any. Talk to our team today on 0800 422 387.