Asbestos air monitoring tests for respirable asbestos fibres in the air are undertaken where friable asbestos is being removed and often where bonded asbestos is being removed.
As of June 2014 residential properties in the ACT do not need an asbestos management plan, however it is good health and safety practice that if your home was built prior to 1985 that an asbestos inspection is undertaken on your property so that the home owner is aware of the location and condition of any asbestos contain materials.
Commercial buildings built prior to 2004 in ACT require an asbestos management plan.
Guidance on the requirements for asbestos clearance certificates is the found in the National Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos 2nd Edition [NOHSC: 2002(2005)]. The guideline states that a clearance inspection is required following both non-friable and friable asbestos removal works. Clearance certificates must be issued by a ‘competent person’ (such as a Class A Asbestos Assessor) who is independent of the removalist.
If your property was built prior to 1985 it is likely to contain asbestos. It is good health and safety practice to have an asbestos inspection undertaken on your property so that the home owner and/or occupier is aware of the location and condition of any asbestos contained materials.
An asbestos inspection should be undertaken if you are having any renovation works or are undertaking repairs to your property.