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

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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
  • 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 wont 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
  • 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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