In the ACT, there are laws relating to asbestos management for non-residential premises (including commercial premises, industrial premises and community or recreational premises) built before 31 December 2003. These laws affect anyone who owns a non-residential building or who makes decisions about its management (for example, as property manager).
These laws require anyone who controls a non-residential building in the ACT to:
Please note: this is just a brief summary of some of the legal requirements of a person in control of a non-residential premises. More detailed information can be found here, or by referring to the Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004.
An asbestos removal control plan must be completed before starting any and every asbestos removal job.
If you plan on carrying out building work, you will need to complete an asbestos removal control plan beforehand (regardless of who undertakes the building work). The Building Act 2004 defines an asbestos removal control plan as, in relation to building work, a plan complying with the asbestos code that provides for the management of any asbestos disturbance resulting from the building work.
At the very minimum, an asbestos removal control plan should include:
Penalties apply for non-compliance with these laws.
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