managing asbestos

If testing has confirmed the presence of asbestos in your home and you are starting renovation, demolition or repair work, you can:

  • Leave it undisturbed if it is in a good stable condition and won’t be impacted by the renovation work or
  • Engage an asbestos licence holder to put in place other options for dealing with asbestos such as sealing, encasing or complete removal.

Asbestos left undisturbed, in good condition or sealed is relatively safe – but if it is easily crumbled, broken down, or damaged or if you intend to drill it, sand it or break it up, it can be harmful and needs specialist attention.

Asbestos Aware strongly advises you to use professional asbestos removal companies to undertake the removal, transportation and disposal. They are fully trained and equipped to complete this work and to manage the clean-up. Residue from asbestos left in your home can cause health issues in the future – that’s why it’s so important to be asbestos aware.

There are certain types of work with asbestos containing materials that by law can only be carried out by a licence holder and their nominated supervisors or removal workers. WorkSafe manages the licensing scheme, under the Asbestos Regulations 2016.

There is a transitional plan in place for these operators who hold a Certificate of Competence for Restricted Work with Asbestos under the old legislation. This means those certificate holders can operate as an asbestos licence holder until 4 April 2018 or when their certificate expires - whichever comes first.

Here is a list of Christchurch-based asbestos licence holders. You should ask to see their licence before any work commences.

Class A licence holders (friable and non-friable)

1 Geotechnical Limited
ACM Removals Limited
Agility Asbestos Remediation Solutions
All About Asbestos Canterbury Ltd
ARL Solutions Ltd
Asbestos Removals Limited
BRS Christchurch Limited
Canterbury Demolition 2010 Limited
Ceres New Zealand, LLC
Dean Barry Prisk
Dormer Construction Limited
Environmental Services (New Zealand) Ltd
Harcourt Insulation (2006) Limited
Mainland Asbestos Removals Limited
MBC Environmental Solutions Limited
Natural Living Homes – Asbestos Removal Ltd
Protranz Earthmoving Limited
Roofrite NZ Limited
Scope Demolition South Limited
Smithconcept Construction Limited
Skilled Asbestos Force Limited
So Specialist Environmental Services Ltd
Southern Cross Asbestos Removal Limited
Waghorn Builders
Worksafe Canterbury Ltd
Wrightway Asbestos Removal Limited

0508 738246
03 366 2963
03 389 2219
021 386 933
03 312 6926
03 312 6926
027 560 0627
03 381 5273
03 420 1655

0274 381 221
03 313 9960
03 365 2652

03 354 4377
0800 813 813
0800 776 872
03 313 3267
03 313 5790
027 228 1516
0274 478 804

0800 722 711
022 099 6764
027 489 2392

Class B licence holders (non-friable only)

Asbestos Survey Group Limited
City Salvage Contractors
Harcourt Insulation (2006) Limited

03 389 2286
03 389 6638
03 365 2652

For a full list of licence holders see the WorkSafe website here.

You can also view Certificate of Competence holders here.

Certified contractors should follow approved methods for removal. You can find out more about this methodology and what to expect from the removal company by downloading the fact sheets on this page.

After safe removal and disposal you can expect your contractor to complete the following as a final clean up in your home:

  • Vacuum residue and dust from all surfaces (including unsealed drawers and cupboards) using a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter.

  • Wet wiping after vacuuming.