There are a range of hazards associated with renovations and demolition activities that require detailed consideration and management. If not done correctly these activities can pose a significant risk to the environment and human health of both workers and the community. Caution needs to be taken when undertaking renovation or demolition works on any building, and in particular for locations that are close to current or former industrial areas or near busy roads.
In addition to the necessary approvals, the following information should be taken into consideration when undertaking renovations or demolition works:
- All waste must be assessed, classified and managed in accordance with EPA Waste Guidelines.
- Waste should only be transported to a lawful waste facility or be reused in accordance with a Resource Recovery Exemption issued by the EPA.
- Proof of lawful disposal or reuse of waste should be retained by the developer and/or land owner.
- If more than 10 square metres of bonded asbestos needs to be removed, you must engage a bonded asbestos removalist who is appropriately licensed.
- Work must be carried out to prevent, control or minimise pollution or the generation of waste. “Pollution” is defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
- Hazardous substances must be identified and controlled by a suitably qualified person to prevent harm to the environment and human health.