New fines have also been gazetted 29 October 2017 for individuals who carry out asbestos removal or prescribed high-risk work without a licence.
Licences are required for certain types of work that are considered high risk. In most cases, workers must be trained and assessed as competent before they are issued with a licence to undertake that work.
What you can do:
- Check your workers licences and never let an unlicensed worker do work requiring a licence
- Keep a register of when licences are due to expire, and make sure they are renewed
- Undertake refresher training regularly
- Ensure you hold the appropriate licence to do the work you are doing
- Ensure the removal of friable asbestos or more than 10 square metres of nonfriable (bonded) asbestos is undertaken by a licenced asbestos removalist with the relevant class of licence. See the SafeWork website for a list of licenced removalists and assessors.
- Talk to your workers about how to work safely when undertaking any type of high risk or licenced work.
For more information relating to the new fines, visit SafeWork’s website for Penalty Notices.