Supervise Asbestos Removal

Course Overview

This course is designed to ensure that participants have the skills and knowledge required to supervise the removal process for friable and non-friable asbestos containing material (ACM). The unit includes planning for and supervising the removal process, including preparing the work area and the work site, using safe and compliant removal practices, maintaining safety procedures, and supervising the decontamination and removal processes.

Ensuring compliance with the asbestos removal control plan (ARCP) is central to the effective performance of the role. This includes ensuring and documenting that required air monitoring and other testing and certification processes are conducted by licensed asbestos assessors according to legislation.

 Please note that this course has a prerequisite requirement that participants hold the unit CPCCWHS1001 - Prepare to Work Safely in the Construction Industry. Participants will have to provide a copy of their Statement of Attainment. As this is a national unit of competency, QLD Blue cards cannot be accepted as evidence.

This course is offered by WorkSafe Connect to corporate clients for a group of students. We do not currently offer this course to individuals as part of our public course offering.



Supervise Asbestos Removal
Supervise Asbestos Removal
Supervise Asbestos Removal
Supervise Asbestos Removal

Performance Criteria

  • Plan for asbestos removal
  • Prepare site for removal
  • Supervise testing, compliance and documentation in consultation with the licensed asbestos assessor and the asbestos removalist
  • Oversee removal and decontamination processes
  • Supervise and support team members
  • Course Outline

    • Supervise the safe and compliant removal of all types of asbestos
    • Know how to plan for and implement control measures for removal projects
    • Plan and implement use of correct personal protection equipment and decontamination procedures consistent with the requirements of the project
    • Understand and effectively communicate legal and regulatory obligations for asbestos removal to other parties who are required to be notified
    • Be able to recognize and communicate to workers, site-specific risks associated with asbestos removal and to effectively communicate strategies for avoiding risks
    • Be able to specify and utilise supplies and equipment appropriate for the project
    • Understand and implement the correct safety requirements for a variety of asbestos
    • removal projects including understanding air monitoring procedures/results
    • Implement and direct emergency procedures when dealing with asbestos incidents
    • Identify different asbestos materials, interpret and communicate the contents of asbestos registers, develop asbestos removal control plans and to coordinate equipment and personnel for an effective and compliant removal.

    Faqs Supervise Asbestos Removal

    What is asbestos?

    Asbestos is the generic term for a number of fibrous silicate minerals. Products made from asbestos cement - a bonded asbestos material - include fibro sheeting (flat and profiled) guttering and downpipes, as well as other pipes for water, drainage or flues, corrugated roofing sheets, roofing shingles and guttering.

    Asbestos is a type of building material used in the building industry between the 1940s and late 1980s.

    Before the health risks were known, asbestos products were widely used because they were durable, fire resistant and had good insulation properties.

    The manufacture and use of asbestos products was banned nationally from 31 December 2003. This ban applies to manufacture, supply, storage, sale, use, reuse, installation and replacement of asbestos.

    For further information please contact your relevant local government authority or access further asbestos information by clicking on the following link:




    What are the dangers of asbestos?

    Why Can Asbestos Dust or Fibres be Dangerous to Your Health?

    • You must observe safety precautions when removing or working with asbestos, otherwise you risk exposing yourself and your family to long-term health risks.Asbesto Awareness DEC 248
    • There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres!
    • If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres
    • Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma
    • Mesothelioma is a cancer which most often occurs in the lining of the lung. There is no cure
    • The rates of malignant mesothelioma (an incurable cancer) are expected to rise from 2012 to 2020.
    • The risk of contracting asbestos related diseases increases with the number of fibres inhaled and the length of time that you inhaled asbestos fibres (number of years exposed)
    • The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is greatly increased if you smoke
    • Symptoms of asbestos dust related diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos
    • The average time between exposure and developing mesothelioma is about 45 years

    For further information please contact your relevant local government authority or access further asbestos information by clicking on the following link:



    What is the difference between friable and non-friable asbestos?

    Friable vs non-friable asbestos

    Asbestos-containing materials fall into two broad categories: friable and non-friable (also known as bonded).

    'Friable' is used to refer to asbestos-containing materials that can be easily reduced to powder when crushed by hand, when dry.

    These materials can contain high percentages of asbestos fibres and are more likely to release these fibres into the airborne environment when disturbed. As such, they pose a greater risk to health.

    Friable materials must only be handled and removed by an asbestos removalist with an 'A' class licence.

    Examples of friable asbestos-containing materials include:

    • some sprayed on fire retardants
    • sound proofing and insulation
    • the lining on some old domestic heaters, stoves and hot water systems and associated pipe lagging
    • the backing of sheet vinyl and linoleum floor coverings
    • thermal lagging, such as pipe insulation.

    'Non-friable', or bonded asbestos is used to refer to asbestos-containing materials in which the asbestos is firmly bound in the matrix of the material. These materials are unlikely to release measurable levels of asbestos fibre into the airborne environment if they are left undisturbed. Therefore, they generally pose a lower risk to health.

    They are mainly made up of asbestos fibres together with a bonding compound (such as cement), and typically contain up to 15 per cent asbestos.

    Non-friable materials containing asbestos are solid, quite rigid and the asbestos fibres are tightly bound in the material. Non-friable materials containing asbestos are the most common in domestic houses. They are commonly called 'fibro', 'asbestos cement' and 'AC sheeting'.

    Examples of non-friable asbestos-containing materials include:

    • asbestos cement products (flat, profiled and corrugated sheeting used in walls, ceilings and roofs, moulded items such as downpipes)
    • plaster patching compounds
    • textured paint
    • vinyl floor coverings.

    For further information please contact your relevant local government authority or access further asbestos information by clicking on the following link:


    Are there any guides/resources available relating to asbestos?

    There are a range of great guides and resources available.  We have included a small selection below for your reference:

    Asbestos - A Guide for householders and the general public

    The Commonwealth publication for the general public on health risks associated with asbestos, especially during home renovations.

    Asbestos: a guide for minor renovation

    Find out how to handle, remove and dispose of asbestos safely and legally in Queensland.

    Asbestos and home renovations

    Play it safe with asbestos - Don't risk exposing yourself or others to airborne asbestos fibres during your renovation. 

    Containment and disposal of asbestos contaminated dust and debris arising from fire damaged buildings

    This guidance note provides information on the management of fire damaged buildings that have asbestos containing materials (ACMs).

    Water blasting equipment tag

    Are there any fact sheets available to assist in understanding asbestos risks?

    There are a wide range of fact sheets, guides and checklists available.  Please find a selection below for your reference:

    Asbestos bags recycled for use in carpet
    The Western Australian Department of Health (WA Health) has found that a significant quantity of hessian bags used to transport asbestos, wool, superphosphate and potatoes were recycled with other material, such as jute and goat hair, to manufacture carpet underlay prior to the early 1970s.

    Asbestos and fire damaged buildings
    Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was used in many building materials until the late 1980s, such as asbestos cement (fibro).

    Asbestos flooring
    Information regarding asbestos backed vinyl sheet flooring and vinyl tiles containing asbestos.

    Cleaning asbestos cement roofs
    Cleaning a fibro roof with a high pressure water blaster is illegal as it can destroy the roof surface, cause cement debris and asbestos to spray into the air, and result in widespread contamination.

    Handling asbestos safely after a storm
    It is essential to protect yourself and others when removing debris particularly when asbestos is concerned.

    Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities - Rapid Response Protocol
    The Rapid Response Protocol (the Protocol) has been developed to enable government agencies to work cooperatively and efficiently across jurisdiction and portfolio lines when products have been identified as containing asbestos and there is concern such products may cross/have crossed state lines.

    Is it safe? Cracked, damaged or weathered asbestos cement sheeting
    Asbestos cement sheeting is a building material used in many Queensland houses. If a house was built before 1990, it is likely to have some asbestos cement sheeting in it.

    Management of asbestos incidents
    Guide to agency response and management of events involving asbestos containing material (asbestos incident).

    Play it safe with asbestos: tips for property managers
    Play it safe when repairing or renovating rental properties.

    Asbestos health risks
    This guidance note is about the hazards that asbestos presents to human health through occupational exposure and/or environmental exposure.

    What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

    If you're studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

    Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards and without this number we cannot issue you your statement of attainment.

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    327 Bayswater Road
    QLD 4814


    Building, Room 1.02 - Evans Deakin Room
    Construction Training Centre
    460-492 Beaudesert Road
    Salisbury, Brisbane
    QLD 4107

    Gold Coast

    Habana Street
    Queensland 4212

    Course ID: 7951107 - Supervise Asbestos Removal Brisbane

    Supervise Asbestos Removal

    • Award winning training
    • Practical focus
    • Flexible delivery
    1 day
    CPCCBC4051A - Supervise asbestos removal