Removal

If you are concerned about asbestos exposure in your workplace, discuss the situation with your employee health and safety representative or your employer. The responsible employer could contact the federal agency in their country responsible for health and safety regulations workplaces for information or to make an inspection. If there is a possibility you may be exposed to asbestos at work, such as during renovation of old buildings, you should immediately seek to use protective equipment, work practices, and safety procedures designed for working around asbestos.

If you live in an older home, there may be asbestos-containing insulation or other materials. A knowledgeable expert can check your home to determine if there is any asbestos and if it poses any risk of exposure. This may involve testing the air for asbestos levels. (Again, just because asbestos exists in a home does not necessarily mean that it needs to be removed. As long as the material is not damaged or disturbed, for example by drilling or remodeling, the fibers are not released into the air.) If asbestos needs to be removed from your home, you should asbestos removal guidelineshire a qualified contractor to perform this job to avoid contaminating your home further or causing any exposure to your family or to the workers. You should not attempt to remove asbestos-containing material yourself. If you decide to go ahead yourself, assess the number of sessions that will be necessary to complete the work. You should then obtain enough suitable equipment to carry out the work. All the equipment described below (including personal protective equipment) should be available from most hardware and safety equipment suppliers (refer to the Yellow Pages).

Be sure to wear a face-piece respirator appropriate for protection against asbestos as well as lead – lead dust will likely be created from grinding off old paint.
Here are the guidelines for asbestos removal. You will find much of this at http://www.health.gov.au/.

Personal protective equipment

Respirator

A full-face respirator appropriate for protection against asbestos as well as lead – lead dust will likely be created from grinding off old paint – is preferred over half-face mask in asbestos removal work. Click below link to read more on different types of Respirators :

Respirators used for Asbestos Removal

Wear disposable clothing

Disposable coveralls should be used to prevent the contamination of clothing and footwear. An attached hood or disposable hat, and suitable disposable gloves should also be worn.disposible clothing for asbesos removal

The coveralls should have no external pockets or Velcro fastenings, and the gloves should be sufficiently robust for the work to be done. Smooth, nonslip footwear without laces or top fasteners are preferable to plastic overshoes where there is a risk of slipping.

When handling or removing asbestos cement products in general :

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When working indoors

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DON’T

When working outdoors

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Cleaning up

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Packaging and disposal of asbestos

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Removing and disposing of personal protective equipment

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