Asbestos was commonly used in building materials from 1940 until the end of the 1980s. Airborne asbestos fibres are extremely hazardous to health and the risk must be controlled in homes and workplaces in accordance with the law.
- Home renovators and owner-builders must comply with the Public Health Act when removing asbestos-containing materials. Homeowners removing more than 10 square metres of bonded materials containing asbestos must obtain a certificate under the Public Health Act 2006 as approved by the Qld Department of Health at Online or face to face homeowner and DIY asbestos removal course.
- Persons removing 10 square metres or less of bonded (non-friable) materials containing asbestos do not require a certificate, however, they will still need to follow safe work procedures and safety precautions to minimise asbestos fibres getting into the air. It is recommended that homeowners read Asbestos: a guide for minor renovation prior to commencing renovations.
- Council will investigate public health risks caused by asbestos removal or handling etc at domestic premises or non-workplaces. Where a homeowner is causing a public health risk, an authorised person can issue a Public Health Order to remove, reduce or prevent health risk from occurring or issue an on-the-spot fine.
- Persons Conducting a Business Undertaking (PCBU) including tradespeople, contractors and other business operators removing asbestos containing materials from workplaces, commercial, industrial premises or demolitions etc can only carry out this work if they are trained and hold a Class A or Class B asbestos removal licence issued by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
Risks and complaints associated with these activities are investigated and regulated by Workplace Health and Safety Inspectors of the Department of Justice and Attorney General Queensland.
Information, forms and fact sheets are available from the local government toolbox website.
If after viewing the toolbox website you still require further information contact Council’s customer service centre.
Owners of older houses in Noosa Shire are encouraged to increase their knowledge of asbestos and how to safely manage the risk it presents in homes.
Council strongly recommends that residents do not disturb asbestos if they find it in their homes or suspect their homes may contain it.
Residents are encouraged to have any suspected asbestos in their homes professionally inspected and identified. This is very important, particularly if proposing to undertake renovations.
It is imperative that safety precautions are observed when removing or working with this dangerous building material.
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres. If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres.
Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a cancer which most often occurs in the lining of the lung, with no cure.