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Dealing With Asbestos is Difficult

Asbestos is officially recognised as the “number one killer” in the New Zealand workplace, according to WorkSafe New Zealand and government guidelines require all property owners to undertake a registered asbestos survey.


Buildings altered, refurbished or built from 1940 until the mid-1980s are likely to contain ACMs. Therefore, all landlords and ‘Persons Conducting a Business or an Undertaking’ (PCBUs), as defined by the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015), have responsibilities. These include:

  • Checking for the presence or absence of asbestos on your property;

  • Assessment of the risks from asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs), and identifying suitable ways to control them; and

  • Development of an asbestos management plan to set out strategies to manage asbestos in the workplace.