Removing a part containing asbestos from a ‘period’ domestic appliance

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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 appliance
  • Mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a hand held water sprayer
  • Clean inside the appliance using a Class H vacuum cleaner
  • Remove parts to access the asbestos material. Hold the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner next to fixings as you unscrew them
  • Dampen the asbestos material. Carefully lift away and put in the plastic sack
  • Remove any remaining bits with a scraper while holding the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner close
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the appliance and your tools. Put the used cloth in the plastic sack
  • Fit the replacement part and re-assemble the appliance
  • 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
  • Any work to disconnect a gas-fired appliance must be carried out by a registered gas engineer
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