In the ACT, in order for someone to provide an asbestos assessment service (e.g. identify and assess asbestos and provide recommendations on its safe management), they must hold a current asbestos assessor licence. Asbestos assessors have several professional responsibilities under the Building Act 2004, the Dangerous Substances Act 2004 and the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004. These responsibilities include: indentifying the presence of any asbestos products; assessment of the potential risks; and providing recommendations for the safe management of the identified asbestos. Asbestos assessors need to perform all tasks in accordance with their licence type and in a professional manner. There are two classes of asbestos assessor license (A class and B class) which, depending on the licence class, restrict the type of work that can be done.
Asbestos assessors must be licensed. The Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 defines an asbestos assessor and an asbestos assessment service.
An asbestos assessor is an individual who provides, has provided or proposes to provide an asbestos assessment service.
An asbestos assessment service is the doing or supervising of all or any of the following work:
There are two classes of asbestos assessor license (A class and B class) which, depending on the licence class, restrict the type of work that can be done. These two classes are defined in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation 2004.
Licensees can provide a full asbestos assessment service to:
Licensees can only undertake field surveys to identify the location, type and condition of asbestos in buildings. They cannot provide a report or advice to others on how to handle the asbestos.
For more information on how to apply for a licence, contact 13 22 81 or visit the ACTPLA website.
Anyone who believes a licensed or formerly licensed certifier has not fulfilled their obligations may put their concerns in writing by giving feedback to ACTPLA.
Complaints may result in disciplinary action.
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