Demand that your contractor is properly licenced for the type of work required.

When working outdoors with Asbestos

DO 

  • Inform your neighbours of the proposed work, and advise them to close doors and windows while the work is being undertaken
  • Close all windows and doors of your home, and cover air vents to prevent asbestos fibres from entering the building
  • Avoid contaminating the soil by covering the ground and vegetation with heavy-duty plastic sheeting to catch dust, debris and offcuts
  • Remove play equipment, personal belongings and vehicles from the work area
  • Keep household members, visitors and pets away until the work is completed and the area is cleaned.

DON’T

  • Wet down roofing sheets if this creates a high risk of slipping off a roof
  • Work with asbestos on a windy day.

Clean up

DO 

  • Thoroughly clean the work area, tools and equipment as soon as possible after finishing the job.
  • Clean up any asbestos cement residues in the work area, and on the tools and equipment with wet rags and a wet mop, or with a vacuum cleaner fitted with a Dust Class H (high hazard) high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter which conforms to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Attachments with brushes should be avoided because they are difficult to decontaminate
  • Double bag and seal any materials used during the decontamination, such as rags and mops for disposal with the other asbestos waste
  • Keep dust, debris and offcuts damp with water
  • Keep your respirator on.

DON’T

  • Remove any materials from the work area until cleaned up as described above
  • Clean the work area by dry sweeping or by using a household vacuum cleaner
  • Store or reuse asbestos cement sheeting
  • Leave asbestos cement products around your home or backyard.

Packaging and disposal

DO 

  • Keep the material wet until it is packaged
  • Carefully package the material, including any offcuts, in two layers of 0.2 mm thick polythene sheeting
  • Keep the packages of a manageable size and completely seal them with adhesive tape
  • Place smaller sized asbestos waste such as tiles, offcuts and dust double bagged in two 0.2 mm thick polythene bags, then tie and seal for disposal with the other asbestos waste
  • Only fill bags half full (to minimise the risk of splitting) and gently evacuate excess air in a way that does not cause the release of dust
  • Clearly label the packages ‘ASBESTOS WASTE’ using a permanent marker pen
  • As soon as possible, securely transport and dispose of the packages at a designated asbestos waste disposal site in your area
  • Alternatively, hire a mini skip from a waste removal company that specialises in asbestos to fill with your bagged asbestos waste and have it collected by the waste company.

DON’T

  • Dispose of asbestos waste in a domestic garbage bin or rubbish skip
  • Reuse or recycle asbestos waste
  • Dump asbestos waste illegally

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