Removing asbestos cement sheets, gutters and small asbestos cement structures

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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
  • Try not to break the asbestos cement
  • Mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a hand held water sprayer - a garden sprayer is good for larger areas
  • Dampen around fixings
  • If possible, undo the fixings and remove without damaging the asbestos cement
  • If fixed with bolts, carefully cut with bolt cutters
  • Put the bolts/fixings into a plastic sack
  • Gently lay the asbestos cement on the ground and stack it. Do not drop it or use rubble chutes
  • Double wrap the pieces in plastic sheets and seal with duct tape
  • If you have a lot of material, put it in a lockable skip
  • Asbestos cement roofs are fragile and will not support your weight. You should work from a safe platform underneath the roof
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 and cloths 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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