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How to safely remove and dispose of Asbestos Cement products.

Special precautions must be taken when removing Asbestos Cement products. You may seek the services of an Asbestos Removal Contractor, or you may choose to remove the material yourself if you are removing less than 10m² of asbestos sheeting. Contractors must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984 and Regulations.

If you choose to remove the material yourself, you are required to comply with the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992.

You should take the following precautions

  1. Remove all movable furniture and fittings from the room
  2. Turn off heating and air conditioning systems
  3. Isolate the area and prevent access by members of the family, visitors etc
  4. Wear suitable personal protective equipment
    • P1 or P2 respirator
    • Disposable coveralls
    • Safety goggles
    • Disposable gloves
  5. Prior to removal gently spray the asbestos cement with water or a PVA (poly vinyl acetate) solution to minimise the creation of airborne dust. Beware that an Asbestos Cement roof can be slippery when wet.
  6. Remove the Asbestos Cement products with minimal breakage. Do not use excess force. Only use non powered hand tools.
  7. Stack the Asbestos Cement sheets on 0.2mm thick Polythene (plastic) sheeting. To prevent releasing fibres, avoid sliding the sheets together. Wrap the plastic around the material and seal it into bundles.
  8. Small pieces of Asbestos Cement can be collected in heavy duty Polythene bags, approx 0.2mm thick. Bags should be filled to no more than 50 per cent capacity.
  9. Label or mark the bundles with the words 'Caution Asbestos' in lettering at least 40mm (4cm) high.
  10. Clean up any residue material using a wet mop or a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA FILTER. Do not use an ordinary household vacuum cleaner.
  11. Dispose of Asbestos material at an approved landfill site. You must ring in advance to make a booking before bringing Asbestos in, and inform the operator at the site that the waste contains Asbestos on arrival

Removing Asbestos Cement Fences

When removing Asbestos Cement Fence Sheeting, it is important to ensure that all of the material is removed, including the below ground section. Dig a trench around the fence, making sure you do not dig into the fence and break up the material. Remove the entire sheet, wrap it in labelled Polythene plastic and dispose of promply and appropriately at a waste disposal site.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Officer on 9622 6100, or email records@northam.wa.gov.au.

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