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Remove Friable Asbestos

Remove Friable Asbestos

  • Duration2 Days
  • Competency

    CPCCDE3015A - Remove friable asbestos

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Course Overview

This course is designed to ensure that participants have the skills and knowledge required to remove friable asbestos containing material (ACM). The unit includes preparing, enclosing and removing friable ACM, and includes knowledge of decontamination and disposal requirements.

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 or a USI transcript (noting white or 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.

CSQ Funding Options Available

WorkSafe Connect is a proud recipient of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funding for the 2019/2020 General Construction Short Course Program as well as the Apprentice Advance Plus Short Course Program.

You may be eligible to receive CSQ subsidised or fully funded training courses if you are an existing worker in the building and construction industry. If eligible under the General Construction Short Course program, CSQ funding of $225.00 can be contributed to the cost of this course. If eligible for the Apprentice Advance Plus program, the training is fully funded by CSQ.

For full details on eligibility, please get in touch with a member of the WorkSafe Connect team today.

Performance Criteria

  • Prepare for asbestos removal
  • Prepare asbestos removal area and removal site
  • Isolate removal site
  • Enclose removal site
  • Carry out asbestos removal process
  • Carry out decontamination process
  • Clean up work site
  • Contribute to and use documentation in line with regulatory requirements

Course Outline

  • Understand how to safely remove and dispose of friable asbestos
  • Know how to implement control measures for removal projects
  • Correctly use personal protection equipment to minimise their exposure and understand the proper procedures for decontamination
  • Minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres for themselves and others
  • Understand legal obligations under asbestos legislation and asbestos codes of practice
  • Understand historical uses and potential sources of asbestos in the workplace with examples
  • Understand the health risks associated with asbestos exposure
  • Employ the right the safety requirements of working with asbestos
  • Implement Emergency procedures when dealing with asbestos incidents
  • Understand asbestos identification, risk assessment approaches, asbestos registers and asbestos management plans

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 booklet cover

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 home renovator's and tradesperson's guide for minor work in domestic buildings

Asbestos: a guide for minor renovation

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

Asbestos: A home renovator's and tradesperson's guide for minor work in domestic buildings

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

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

Water blasting equipment tag

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:

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:

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:



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QLD 4814


Gate 2, Building 1
Construction Training Centre
460-492 Beaudesert Road
Salisbury, Brisbane
QLD 4107

Gold Coast

1 Habana Street
Queensland 4212

Course ID: 629 - Remove Friable Asbestos