Prohibited Activities When Working with Asbestos Containing Materials in Queensland

Queensland laws prohibit the use of certain tools and work methods when working with asbestos-containing materials (ACM) as they can generate dangerous airborne asbestos fibres. Source: Official Queensland Government



There are activities you must never do when working with or removing asbestos-containing materials:

  1. Never use power tools, such as angle grinders, circular saws and electric sanders (unless enclosed or used with a device or process that prevents dust)
  2. Never use high-pressure water cleaners
  3. Never use compressed air or abrasive blasting
  4. Never use household vacuum cleaners even if they have a HEPA filter. (Only specially designed cleaners for work with asbestos can be used).

All of these activities are very dangerous because they can release large numbers of asbestos fibres into the air.

Prohibited use of water blasters

It is illegal to use a high-pressure water blaster on asbestos cement roofs, fences and walls.

Water blasters destroy the surface of asbestos-containing materials spreading asbestos fibres widely and putting your health and your neighbours’ health at risk.

Homeowners can be fined up to $10 000 for using high pressure water blasters on asbestos-containing materials and must pay for the clean-up costs. Businesses may face heavier fines. A summary of fines can be found at

Well maintained asbestos cement cladding and roofs are not a risk to your health unless they are physically disturbed.


Jim’s Asbestos Removal can safely remove the Asbestos whether it’s on the property interior or exterior.  We usually remove asbestos because people are starting a renovation or extension and we work extensively with demolition companies to remove asbestos before the demolition commences.

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