If fibro (or bonded) 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 an Australian Standards Protection Level 2 (P2) minimum half face disposable mask and disposable coveralls. These are generally available from hardware suppliers. Non-Australian Standard certified masks should not be used where asbestos is present.
- Wet fibro 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 fibro sheets in construction grade plastic. (This should be 200 microns thick)
- Contact your Local Council for a licensed disposal point in your area. Waste Services NSW on 02 9934 7000 will be able to help if you live in the Sydney Metropolitan area.
- Contact the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Pollution Line on 13 15 55 for information on legally transporting and disposing of asbestos waste
If you use a contractor to assist you and the area of bonded asbestos sheeting (fibro) is over 10 square metres, then you need to have it removed by a licenced asbestos removal contractor. If under this amount, then a license is not required.
Should the asbestos be in powder form or can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry, then an asbestos removal contractor with an AS1 licence is required for its removal.
SafeWork NSW has a guideline on asbestos removal. Contact the Asbestos Awareness Hotline on 1800 272 387 for a copy or visit the SafeWork NSW website and download a copy of the publication.