Removing metal cladding lined with bitumen containing asbestos eg Galbestos

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1 Use the right kit
  • Cover work area with plastic sheets secured with tape to help catch waste
  • 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 material you may need a lockable skip
  • Mix 8 parts water with 1 part washing up liquid in a garden sprayer
  • Remove pipe work and fixtures
  • Remove screw heads using cutters or knock off using a hammer and chisel. Use bolt cutters to cut bolts that hold it in place
  • Pull the cladding sheet away from the fixings
  • Dampen the sheet and the surface it was against
  • Lower the sheet to the ground. Do not drop it or use a chute
  • Double wrap in plastic sheet and seal with duct tape
  • Remove the screws and bolts and place these in a plastic sack with any debris
  • 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
3 Clean up properly
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe your tools and to remove dust from screw and bolt holes. Put the used cloth in a 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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