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Asbestos information for householders

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Visit the website – a one-stop shop for homeowners who need to know more about asbestos. While the site has been developed for Greater Christchurch, the information is relevant for anyone undertaking or commissioning residential work that may involve disturbing asbestos containing materials.


WorkSafe New Zealand – the regulation and management of asbestos

WorkSafe is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator. One of its roles is to regulate asbestos in the workplace. The workplace includes your home when work or repairs are done by a contractor. WorkSafe administers the Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 which are designed to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos.


WorkSafe guidance for householders

If you are having asbestos removal work done, ask the contractor whether the work requires an asbestos removal licence. If it does, you should request to see their company’s asbestos removal licence. Householders can check the register of licensed asbestos removalists on WorkSafe’s website.

Licenses are not required for work conducted on asbestos or asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), such as maintaining and servicing work. But the people carrying out the work must be trained in how to work with asbestos safely.

Asbestos-related diseases take many years to develop. Symptoms developing within months of exposure are unlikely to be related to asbestos exposure. However, if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, you can put your details on the WorkSafe New Zealand Asbestos Exposure register. You will receive information on asbestos while the register provides WorkSafe with valuable information to help with the management of potential exposure to asbestos.

For further information, refer the Ministry of Health’s Asbestos advice for householders.


What WorkSafe is doing

WorkSafe manages complaints of poor practice in the handling of ACMs in a variety of work-related locations, including homes. WorkSafe’s enforcement of the Asbestos Regulations includes assessment visits of large commercial asbestos removal projects to ensure best practice is observed.

It’s important the people doing work on your home have the right skills and knowledge on how to safely handle asbestos. That’s why we’re working with ‘tradies’, contractors and other businesses to make asbestos work in homes safe.

WorkSafe ensures asbestos handling guidance is accessible and practical. That guidance includes the Approved Code of practice for the Management and Removal of Asbestos and a video with important information on handling asbestos safely.

Last updated 31 October 2016


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.