Removing floor tiles containing asbestos and mastic

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1 Use the right kit
  • 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
  • Mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a garden sprayer
  • Use a scraper to carefully lift each tile. If it is stuck, tap the scraper with a hammer
  • For large areas use a shovel to lift the tiles
  • As the tiles begin to come away, spray them underneath using the garden sprayer and lift the tiles off
  • Wet any paper backing as it could also contain asbestos
  • Carefully scrape the remaining mastic off the floor. Use a solvent to soften it if it doesn’t come away easily
  • Put tiles, paper and mastic in a plastic sack
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the exposed floor and tool
  • Put the used cloth in the plastic sack
  • You can avoid removing the tiles by laying new flooring over the top and letting the owner know there is asbestos material under it
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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