Removing a heater with parts containing asbestos

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1 Use the right kit
  • Cover work area with plastic sheets secured with tape to help catch waste
  • Wear a disposable, correctly fitted FFP3 face mask and 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 and masks
2 Keep dust down
  • Make sure an electrician / gas engineer has isolated the heater
  • If the heater is attached to asbestos insulating board (AIB), hold the nozzle of a class H vacuum cleaner next to the screws as you unscrew. Put the screws in a plastic sack
  • Follow the how-to guide for repairing minor damage to asbestos insulating board (AIB) if needed
  • Mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a hand held water sprayer
  • Remove the cover and wipe it with a damp cloth and vacuum inside
  • Dampen parts which may contain asbestos including panels, board, cement, paper and string. Do not create a pool of water
  • Hold the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner next to fixings as you unscrew them. Put removed parts and fixings in the plastic sack
  • Vacuum inside again
  • Double wrap the casing in plastic sheet and seal with duct tape
  • Use a damp cloth to clean your tools and put the used cloths in the plastic sack
  • Any work to disconnect a gas-fired appliance must be carried out by a registered gas engineer
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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