You are responsible for managing and maintaining any asbestos-containing materials on your property.
Sealed asbestos that’s in good condition is likely to be low risk. If the asbestos is damaged or disturbed, it becomes a potential health risk.
If you have asbestos waste on your property, contact your local council or the EPA for advice on asbestos.
Asbestos-containing materials should be removed if possible.
Asbestos sheeting (such as fibro) and corrugated asbestos (walls, fences and roofing) can be sealed with good quality paint. This prevents the release of fibres.
If you’re painting or sealing asbestos cement surfaces, work in a ventilated area and follow safety advice.
When you are working with an asbestos-containing product or material, don’t disturb asbestos fibres by:
sanding, scraping or scrubbing
You don’t need an Asbestos Register or management plan for your home if there are no renovations taking place.
If you’re doing renovations, your local council, state or territory government may consider your property a work site.
Your workers may need to create and keep an Asbestos Register and management plan. The Asbestos Register identifies the location and condition of asbestos in the building. It also includes details of assumed or suspected asbestos.
Keep a copy for your records.
If you are working on a commercial property built before 2004, you need a copy of the Asbestos Register before you start work.
If the building does not have an Asbestos Register, and it was built before 2004, you can:
assume there is asbestos and use safe working practices, or
have the material tested by an accredited lab before starting work.
Licensed asbestos removalists must notify SafeWork NSW at least 5 days before starting any licensed asbestos removal work.
Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed friable asbestos. It was used as ceiling insulation in some NSW homes in the 1960s and 1970s. If you think you may have loose-fill asbestos in your ceiling, do not enter the ceiling space. Contact a licensed asbestos assessor.
If your house has loose-fill asbestos insulation, you may be eligible for the NSW Government's Loose-fill Asbestos Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program and Assistance Package.
Yes, you can store asbestos waste if it does not pose a risk to people or the environment. This means:
clearly labelling asbestos waste
securely packaging bonded asbestos material
keeping friable asbestos material in a sealed container
wetting down asbestos-contaminated soils.
It’s illegal to dispose of asbestos waste in your kerbside bin.
If someone else removes asbestos waste from your property, it’s still your responsibility to track the disposal through the WasteLocate tracker.
If you think you’ve found asbestos-containing materials in soil in your garden, take the same precautions as if you’ve found it inside the house. Contact a licensed asbestos assessor.
Be cautious if you accept free fill (soil excavated from one site and used as a base material on another site). It may contain asbestos.
If you accept contaminated waste onto your property, you are responsible for clean-up costs and managing environmental pollution.