Removing a screwed-in asbestos insulating board (AIB) ceiling tile bigger than 60cm x 60cm

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1 Use the right kit
  • Use timber to build a framework big enough to work inside
  • Fix plastic sheeting on the inside of the frame with duct tape until the work space is fully enclosed and cover the work area inside with plastic sheets to help catch waste
  • If you need to fix sheeting to materials containing asbestos, use masking tape
  • Cut a vertical slit in one side of the enclosure to act as a doorway. Reinforce with duct tape to stop the slit from ripping
  • Fix more plastic sheeting over the opening like a curtain
  • Get everything you need inside before you start
  • 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
  • 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
  • Find the screws with a magnet. If they are brass screws the magnet won’t work so carefully scrape back the paint instead
  • Put a blob of wallpaper paste or shaving foam on the screw head and unscrew the screw through the paste or foam. Put the screws in a plastic sack
  • Carefully lower one end of the panel
  • Wipe the top surface with a damp cloth then spray it with a PVA sealant using a hand held water sprayer
  • Put the cloth in the plastic sack
  • Keep the tile flat and lower it gently. Put it in the plastic sack without breaking it
  • If asbestos fillets are present spray them with sealant
  • Fix a new panel to a non-asbestos surface
  • Get a licensed contractor if the panel is badly damaged, or stuck to others with paint
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
  • Use a hand held water sprayer to spray the plastic sheets with PVA sealant, then take them off the framework
  • 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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