Fire retardant material containing asbestos is usually a coating that has been applied via spraying to reinforced concrete, steel beams or steel columns. In factories and warehouses asbestos has been sprayed onto walls, ceilings and metal support structures. The material was also commonly used for fireproofing, sound and thermal insulation on the underside of ceilings in high-rise buildings.

Loose asbestos was placed in some old fire doors to meet fire rating standards and also applied around electrical cables. Loose asbestos has also been used for thermal insulation in mattresses, for acoustic insulation between floors and as loft insulation.

Fire retardant material containing asbestos is friable and so only a Class A licensed asbestos removalist can undertake the removal work. An asbestos removal control plan must be developed.

Fire Retardant Material

Asbestos Removal Procedure

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Safety First

Safety First

Once the extent of the removal area is known, all items should either be moved out of this area or covered with plastic sheeting 200 µm thick.

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Create an enclosure that facilitates the smooth flow of air from the decontamination unit to the negative air units. Pay close attention to leaks through the floor and roof.

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With the set-up of the enclosure and decontamination unit complete, asbestos can now be removed and disposed of.

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Make sure that the building’s air-conditioning equipment has been isolated from the working area.

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Keep checking the negative air unit and decontamination unit during asbestos removal to ensure correct operation. Air monitoring throughout the removal work must be conducted by a licensed assessor

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Once finished but before re-entry into the work area, clearance monitoring by a licensed assessor is needed, who will then issue a clearance certificate.

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