How do I remove asbestos in a safe manner?

If fibro sheeting:

  • Do not use power tools. Asbestos fibres can be released if power tools are used for anything other than the removal of screws.
  • Wear and Australian Standards Protection Level 2 (P2) minimum half face disposable mask and disposable coveralls. These are generally available from hardware suppliers. Non- Australian Standards certified masks should not be used where asbestos is present.
  • Wet sheets down to reduce dust generation and movement.
  • Take the sheets off whole (again, do not use power tools as this may create dust movement).
  • Seal sheets in construction grade plastic. (This should be 200 microns thick.)
  • Contact your Local Council for a licensed disposal point in your area. Waste Service NSW on (02) 9934 7000 will be able to help if you live in the Sydney metropolitan area. Contact the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation Pollution Line in 13 15 55 for information on legally transporting and disposing of asbestos waste.

Should the asbestos be in power form or can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, then an asbestos removal contractor with an AS1 license is required for it’s removal.

WorkCover NSW has a guideline on asbestos removal. Contact the WorkCover Assistance Service on 13 10 50 for a copy or visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au and download a copy of the publication.