The implementation of a ban on the handling of asbestos by builders in the ACT has caused major complications for efforts by the construction industry to remove the hazardous material, compelling local government to partially rescind the decision mere months after it was first introduced.

Since the start of 2015, the ACT government has required that only licensed removalists perform the extraction and disposal of asbestos from buildings within the territory. The decision followed what the ACT government deemed to be widespread abuse of a prior regulation permitting builders without special qualifications to remove as…