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Working with asbestos

Here you can access the latest guidance on working with asbestos, as well as the Asbestos Regulations.

You can also find information on duties relating to work involving asbestos – licensed and unlicensed.

Approved methods are available for the aviation and building transportation industry if they are working with known or presumed asbestos-containing materials.

The testing of asbestos samples must be undertaken by an IANZ-accredited laboratory using the correct method. Find out which laboratories are accredited. 

Asbestos guidance

Asbestos information & guidance - sorted alphabetically by title.

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Roles and responsibilities for businesses and workers

Information about the key roles and responsibilities in the new regulations about: Working involving asbestos; demolition and refurbishment; asbestos-related work; and asbestos removal.

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Laboratory testing

The asbestos regulations require a business to use an accredited laboratory to test samples for the presence of asbestos or asbestos containing materials. Accreditation is the formal recognition that the laboratory has been independently assessed by an authoritative accreditation body.

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Laboratory accreditation process

A laboratory can request approval from WorkSafe to analyse samples for the presence of asbestos or asbestos-containing material (ACM) for up to 12 months while undergoing accreditation by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).

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Training is an important part of the new asbestos licensing system. In order to hold one of the new licences, workers in Class A and B, Supervisors and Assessors will need to receive relevant training. You have until April 2018 to do so.

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Tools and resources

Information to help you understand more about asbestos including where to asbestos can be found, what asbestos is and why it's dangerous to your health, and how to use respirators correctly.

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Refurbishment vs maintenance

Find out what the difference between refurbishment and maintenance is and how this relates to the asbestos regulations.

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Asbestos Regulations 2016

The full Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 are available here. These Regulations came into force on 4 April 2016 and outline the legal rules for working with asbestos.

Last updated 24 October 2017


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.