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Planning checklist for Tradies

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Got a renovation job? It’s not just builders or electricians that may find asbestos. Many other trades need to be asbestos aware.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. If you think it might be asbestos, treat it like it is.

Protect everyone around you with a safety-first approach, use our checklist when on a residential site.

Find out if the home was built or renovated before 1990.

If the answer is yes, the house you are working on probably has asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos can be found in one in three homes in Australia.

Ask the client if they know the age of the property if you suspect there may be asbestos present.

Use our asbestos checker to identify where asbestos might be in the home

Asbestos was used in over 3,000 building products. Use the asbestos checker to help you identify where asbestos might be. For example

  • roofing 
  • ceilings and internal walls 
  • eaves  
  • fencing 
  • flue and water pipes 
  • fireplaces 
  • behind tiles 
  • flooring underlay. 

Confirm if asbestos is present using a licensed asbestos assessor.

You cannot tell if a material contains asbestos just by looking at it.

Recommend to your client that they get a licensed assessor to inspect the property for asbestos materials and provide a report to the owner.

This report should you shared with any tradesperson that is doing work on the property, so the asbestos material can be managed safety.

Licensed assessors may also take samples for testing.

Request the report from the client.

Review the report with your client and discuss how it impacts any of the work you are there to do.

Make sure that your client has a contingency in their budget in case asbestos shows up.

If it does show up, discuss with your client how you plan to remove and dispose of the material and keep yourself and everyone around you safe.