Asbestos removal work on roofs needs to include awareness of the risk of fall hazards for workers, as asbestos cement can become brittle with age. If you encounter any lichen on roof sheeting, be careful in the use of water and in your choice of workers’ footwear because lichen can be dangerously slippery.

Due to the potential for damage to the asbestos cement which in turn can cause fibre release, angle grinders should not be used. You can avoid damage to the sheeting by using an oxy torch or another suitable tool to remove anchoring screws and bolts.

If actually walking on the roof to remove roof sheeting then prior to removal you should spray the asbestos sheets with a PVA solution, waiting for it to dry first before removal so that it is not a slip hazard. After removal, spray the underside of the asbestos cement with the same PVA solution or with water.

If you are lowering the removed asbestos product to the ground, be careful to keep generation of respirable dust to a minimum. Ramps, chutes and similar gravity dependent devices are risky in this regard. Safer lowering methods for roof sheeting include:

  • Over short distances, lowering by hand
  • Using a cradle
  • Using scissor lifts or similar machines
  • Using stable scaffolding.

Use a full decontamination unit if the area to be removed is greater than the size of typical house or where you think that substantial dust will be loosened. When finished make sure that a clearance certificate has been issued before anyone reoccupies the area.


Place warning signs and barrier tape around the property.


Ensure that all workers are wearing the correct safety respirators and disposable overalls for asbestos removal.


To catch debris, place plastic sheeting around the property where required.


Plastic line a truck or skip bin, gently place each sheet in whilst keeping the sheet wet.


Using a filtered HEPA vacuum cleaner, vacuum the ceiling cavity and adjoining areas.

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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.

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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
- Electricians
- Plumbers & Gas
- Flooring Specialists
- Roofers
- Excavation

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