Taking pins and nails out of asbestos insulating board (AIB)

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1 Use the right kit
  • Wear Type 5 disposable overalls and disposable gloves
  • Wear the overalls one size too big and put the legs over the top of footwear
  • Do not re-use disposable overalls and gloves
  • This work doesn’t normally need a face mask
  • Work on any AIB material lasting more than two hours, even if different tradespeople are sharing the work, needs a licensed asbestos contractor. The time limit includes setting up, cleaning and clearing up.


    No one tradesperson can work with AIB for more than one hour a week. 

2 Keep dust down
  • Put a blob of wallpaper paste or shaving foam on the head of the nail / pin
  • Pull the nail/pin out using pliers through the paste / foam
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste / foam
  • Put the nails / pins and used cloth in a plastic sack
  • Seal the hole with filler and paint over it
  • If the nail or pin is flush with the surface do not remove
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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