Removing an external asbestos cement panel from around a window

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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
  • Cut away beading with a sharp knife
  • Remove nails using a claw hammer
  • Put the beading and nails into a plastic sack
  • Remove the entire panel without breaking it. Double wrap in plastic sheet and seal with duct tape
  • If not possible, stick duct tape over the surface. Gently break it into large pieces with a hammer - the duct tape should keep it in one piece
  • Gently lay the asbestos cement on the ground. Do not drop it
  • Put the pieces in a plastic sack or double wrap in plastic sheet and seal with duct tape if they are too big
  • Get a licensed contractor if the panel has asbestos insulation behind it or is made of asbestos insulating board
3 Clean up properly
  • Use a damp cloth to clean tools and the area. Put the used cloth in the plastic sack
  • 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
  • Get a licensed contractor if the panel has asbestos insulation behind it or is made of asbestos insulating board
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