Removing bitumen products containing asbestos eg roofing felt, gutter lining or damp-proof courses

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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
  • If removing a large area of roof material you may need an interlocking plastic rubbish chute that drops into a lockable skip
  • Seal skylights or gaps into the building using plastic sheets and duct tape
  • Mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a garden sprayer
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the material into manageable sections
  • Lift each section and place into the skip via the chute if you have one
  • If not, put in a plastic sack or double wrap in plastic sheet and seal with duct tape if the pieces are too big
  • Spray any debris using the garden sprayer and lift up with a shovel or by hand. Put in a plastic sack
  • Use damp cloths to wipe your tools and the sections of chute if you have one. Put the used cloths in the plastic sack
  • For roofwork, check that the roof will support your weight and is not fragile. Make sure you do not cover over a flue or drop any debris inside. Blocking a flue can be fatal
  • You can avoid removal by laying non asbestos-containing felt over the top and letting the owner know there is asbestos material under it
3 Clean up properly
  • Use damp cloths to wipe your tools and the sections of chute if you have one. Put the used cloths 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 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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