Obtaining an Asbestos Clearance Certificate

The mineral fiber known as asbestos has been found in multiple constructions zones today, opening the need for asbestos clearance certificate sheets. Since asbestos was once the popular choice for insulation and fire-retardant building materials, many old buildings and home structures still contain this now toxic material. Asbestos has been proven to cause cancer and other respiratory ailments – often which are life threatening.

Friable versus Non-Friable

When it comes to explaining asbestos types, there are two: friable and non-friable. Friable is a dry form of asbestos that easily crumbles into a powder when pulverized by hand and often disperses into the air freely. Non-friable asbestos does not crumble with simple hand pressure and cannot result in powder, even with excessive hand pulverization.

What is an Asbestos Clearance Certificate?

Essentially, clearance certificates are written statements provided for areas that are cleared or have been recently cleared of an asbestos infestation. The certificate deems the property safe for reentry and that the asbestos has been tested and inspected upon removal and that no further asbestos is present within the structure.

When Do You Need a Clearance Certificate?

More often than not, an asbestos clearance certificate will be a common acquisition when working or remodeling older buildings. These certificates are required to be present before any human being is allowed to reenter or occupy a structure that has asbestos. These situations can include any time asbestos has been removed from the premises (friable or non-friable) or when asbestos has been removed or found within a 10-square meter area of a structure.

Who Gets a Clearance Certificate?

There are two types of people that deal with an asbestos removal, but only one is actually responsible for the removal certificate. The licensed removalist is not responsible for obtaining the asbestos clearance certificate. Instead, the person who requested or supervised the removal is in charge of obtaining a clearance certificate. If the removal is conducted in a residential structure, the owner of that residence is then responsible for ensuring a clearance certificate is obtained.


Clearance Certificate Components

Any type of friable asbestos removal requires specific components that must be listed within the certificate for it to be valid. These include:

An independent inspection where the individual does not find nor discover any remaining asbestos in the structure

Air monitoring tests have been performed and passed to ensure the fiber level within the air is at a minimum or to safety specifications

People Qualified for Asbestos Clearance Certificate Inspections

An independent party must conduct the asbestos inspection. According to regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency, an independent party includes:

An individual who is not related to or part of the ownership of the property.

A person who is independent from the commissioned work authority

A person who has licensing and skills associated with asbestos inspection and air monitoring

A person with the ability to inspect, analyze and identify non-friable and friable forms of asbestos

A person not associated with the licensed removalist company


Asbestos is highly dangerous to inhale for humans and animals. Therefore, before any removal of asbestos occurs it is recommended that a licensed professional be involved in the commissioning process. Since asbestos easily transfers in the air, consider your neigbors, pets and family members when dealing with asbestos. An asbestos clearance certificate should never be taken lightly and should be handled with the utmost care. Never use power tools, grinders or other items that can easily pulverize asbestos and never attempt to remove it yourself. Asbestos requires special equipment for both removal and protection of those around while it is being removed and therefore it is thoroughly recommended by law that a professional handle all removal aspects.

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