Asbestos Air Monitoring

Asbestos Air Monitoring

Asbestos removal work requires air monitoring to take place to ensure that any potential asbestos fibre release is contained and does not pose a risk to the health of workers or the general public.

Approximately 97% of asbestos products in Australia is non-friable, meaning the asbestos fibres are bonded by cement, vinyl, resin or other similar material.

Friable asbestos is material which can be crumbled, or reduced to powder by hand pressure, including previously non-friable material which becomes broken or damaged by mechanical force.

Asbestos air monitoring taking place during the removal is known as control monitoring, and after the removal it’s known as clearance monitoring.

The results of any asbestos air monitoring are required to be reported on the clearance certificate that is issued at the completion of the removal work.


Asbestos air monitoring is mandatory for all friable asbestos removal and must:

Include the asbestos removal area including inside an enclosure
Be carried out immediately before commencing removal work except where glove bags are being used
Be carried out during the removal work and at other times decided by an independent licensed asbestos assessor
Be carried out after work on the asbestos has been completed and the area decontaminated
Be carried out prior to any enclosures being dismantled

It is strongly recommended that asbestos air monitoring also be used for non-friable asbestos where there is a concern about the release of asbestos fibres in situations like public spaces.

Who can carry out asbestos air monitoring?

An independent licensed asbestos assessor must carry out certain functions connected with Class A asbestos removal work. These are air monitoring, clearance inspections and issuing a clearance certificate.


If asbestos air monitoring is carried out during the removal of non-friable asbestos, or asbestos related work, a “competent person” must be engaged.

Should you require an asbestos clearance inspection and certificate for asbestos removal work (including asbestos air monitoring), JTA have both licensed asbestos assessors and competent persons available to help with your clearance requirements and service all Australian cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Hobart, also now servicing New Zealand.


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