Removing an asbestos fire blanket

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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
2 Keep dust down
  • Unscrew the box from the wall with the blanket inside and place in a plastic sack
  • If you are keeping the box, mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a hand held water sprayer
  • Open the front of the box and dampen the blanket. Spray up inside the box, but do not create a pool of water
  • Pull the blanket out and put it in a plastic sack
  • Use damp cloths to clean inside the box and the floor below
  • Put used cloths in the plastic sack
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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