Enclosing any undamaged asbestos materials

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1 Use the right kit
  • Wear Type 5 disposable overalls
  • Wear the overalls one size too big and put the legs over the top of footwear
  • Do not re-use disposable overalls
  • This work doesn’t normally need a face mask
  • Work on any AIB material lasting more than two hours, even if different tradespeople are sharing the work, needs a licensed asbestos contractor. The time limit includes setting up, cleaning and clearing up.


    No one tradesperson can work with AIB for more than one hour a week. 

2 Keep dust down
  • Use non-asbestos boards to protect asbestos materials from damage
  • Box in lagged pipe work and other material without disturbing it. Fix boards to non-asbestos surfaces with nails or screws
  • If you need to attach boards to asbestos material, use an adhesive instead
  • Seal the cavity and make sure it has a fire barrier if needed
  • Wipe the surfaces and your tools with a damp cloth and put the used cloth in a plastic sack
  • Tell the owner there is asbestos material behind the board
  • Get a licensed contractor if the asbestos material is badly damaged
3 Clean up properly
  • Use a damp cloth or Class H vacuum cleaner with a special filter to clean up
  • Do not use a domestic vacuum cleaner or a brush as these will spread asbestos fibres into the air
  • Double bag all waste including masks, overalls, cloths and plastic sheets in plastic sacks, seal with tape and label as asbestos waste
  • Contact the local tips in your area to find one that accepts asbestos waste
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