If you are a class A licensed asbestos removal business, mark the date 4 April 2018 on your calendar – that’s the deadline to meet new asbestos licensing requirements, per the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) and Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016.
Meeting the requirements takes time and the 4 April 2018 deadline requires you to begin the process sooner if you don’t want your business interrupted. Licencing for asbestos removal per these regulations includes new requirements for:
- Worker training
- Roles & responsibilities for businesses and workers
- Laboratory testing
- Asbestos approved methods
- Refurbishment vs. maintenance
Here’s What You Need to Know About New Class A Asbestos Removal Licencing Requirements
By 4 April 2018, your asbestos removal business needs to have and follow a Safety Management System (SMS) certified to either the Australian/New Zealand Standard 4801 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (AS/NZS 4801), or OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
Other standards and codes of practice can be used to support the requirements set out in the Act and Regulations, however adherence to AS/NZS 4801 or OHSAS 18001 is now compulsory for asbestos removalists in New Zealand.
Confused? The acronyms can be hard to follow and the Act and Regulations filled with impenetrable text, however, WorkSafe NZ have produced a helpful graphic that outlines the common features of a suitable SMS:
This graphic is based on the 18001 standard but is also relevant to 4801.
Certification Deadline: 4th of April 2018
If your business does not achieve certification before the deadline, your Asbestos Removal Licence becomes invalid and you must stop working to remove asbestos until you have a valid license.
However, the true deadline for your asbestos removal business may be sooner. It requires time to develop a compliant SMS and have it audited; companies that wait too long may overshoot the deadline and face a business interruption.
QICE New Zealand Safety Management System Consultants
QICE are experienced Safety Management System consultants and we’ve helped many of New Zealand businesses achieve certification to AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 standards. We’re already working with asbestos removalists in Auckland and throughout New Zealand to meet this new requirement.
We can help you, too. Contact us to learn more about certification requirements and scheduling. Our certification services are affordable and we can help you meet the looming deadline without losing your license or suffering a business interruption.