Finally, asbestos has been made illegal.

According to the Asbestos Abatement Regulations 2020, all building owners must locate, record, and prepare a plan for removing damaged asbestos within 14 months of November 2020.

Only licensed asbestos contractors may remove damaged asbestos, and these contractors must be registered with the Department of Employment and Labor depending on the asbestos status.

In Cape Town, Western Cape, only authorized, registered asbestos 1, 2, and 3 contractors are permitted to remove asbestos.

Contractors should remove asbestos in Cape Town with the highest consideration for site safety, occupational health & safety, and most importantly, worker safety. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Labor Law both apply to asbestos removal and handling.

The handling of asbestos is only permitted by authorized asbestos contractors. The handling of asbestos poses a serious risk to site workers, office, manufacturing, or warehouse personnel, as well as the general public. Asbestos disposal is carefully regulated.

Schools in particular run the risk of harming the lives of children if their buildings, including their roofs and gutters, were constructed with asbestos.