Gaskets and rope seals are generally regarded as friable. Talk to a professional with asbestos knowledge and experience if you have any doubts.

Gaskets reinforced with asbestos are often found in old plant equipment – usually between the flanges of pipes – that has been subject to high pressures and/or temperatures. Asbestos rope was often utilised for sealing hatches on lagging pipes and valves.

Gaskets and Rope Seals

Removal procedure


Safety First

Safety First

Ensure equipment and plant and has been made safe – properly shutdown the equipment, empty the pipework and isolate the electrical supply.


Carefully take apart the equipment and use plastic sheeting to protect other components.


Using a fine water mist, dampen the asbestos as it becomes accessible.


Using a scraper, gently remove the gasket or rope seal and bin it in a waste container positioned directly beside/beneath the work area. Be sure to scrape away any residue and keep the area damp.


While scraping, it helps to also use an industrial vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter.

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Bonded Asbestos Removals

What is Bonded Asbestos?

Bonded (Class B) asbestos is less immediately dangerous than Class A and is part of a fibre-cement product. The asbestos is in bonded sheets where it’s deeply embedded in a hardened matrix. The sheets may be flat, corrugated or tubular.

As per the Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2011, an independent competent person is needed to undertake a clearance inspection and issue a clearance certificate following any Class 'B' asbestos removal jobs.

Friable Asbestos Removals

What is Friable Asbestos?

Friable ACM is any material that contains more than one percent asbestos by weight or area, depending on whether it is a bulk or sheet material and can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by the pressure of an ordinary human hand.

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Deconstruction / Reconstruction

Asbestos Removals Australia understands the pressures that come from taking on a renovation project. We aim to make this process as easy and stress free as possible for all clients by offering a list of contractors with many years experience in the building industry. To help put your mind at ease we can organise an onsite consultation with any number of trades before work commences on your project.

These cover:

- Builders
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- Flooring Specialists
- Roofers
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