Correct PPE for Asbestos Removal

28/10/21

Asbestos is a dangerous substance to handle even with the correct PPE and training. Trained professionals should maintain caution and follow government guidelines to avoid fibers being released into the air.

Overalls for Removing Asbestos

Overalls are a requirement for the removal of asbestos to protect the body from picking up asbestos fibres on our clothes, where they can linger and be transported elsewhere. Disposable overalls are recommended as fibres can lay on the fabric and are difficult to clean off entirely. Type 5 (BS EN ISO 13982-1+A1) are suitable for the carry out of asbestos removal. If working outside, it may be required to have waterproof overalls available. We recommend that you wear a size too big in overalls as this allows for free movement of the arms and prevents ripping the fabric at the seams, if the cuffs on the overalls are too loose, it is common practice to seal them with tape. It is important that there are no entryways for fibres to the skin or clothes which is why it is recommended not to wear long-sleeved shirts underneath your overalls, as they can be more difficult to cover fully and effectively. A common misconception about the way to wear the legs of your overalls is to tuck them into footwear, however, this can allow dust in, so overall legs must be worn over the footwear. Finally, the hood of your overall should be entirely pulled up and worn over the top of your RPE straps. It is important to dispose of single-use overalls as asbestos waste at the completion of its removal.

Gloves for Handling Asbestos

Single-use disposable gloves need to be used in the handling of asbestos. However, if you need to use latex gloves, use only “low protein powder-free” gloves, then dispose of all used gloves as asbestos waste to prevent spreading fibres.

Footwear for Handling Asbestos

Boots are the preferable choice of footwear to be worn when handling asbestos as disposable overshoes can cause a slippage risk. Boots also help in an extra layer of security against fibres getting near the skin in the event your overalls became compromised. These boots should not have laces, as these are easier to keep clean and stops fibres from hiding in fabric crevices.

Respiratory Protective Equipment for Removing Asbestos

RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) must have the UK assigned protection factor of 20 or more to be suitable for the handling and removal of asbestos. Suitable types of RPE to choose from are:

This equipment is not suitable for workers beards or stubble as this disqualifies their face fit test due to no effective seal. Hooded respirators are required in this situation. The equipment is also not suitable for a long period of continuous use, if working for a longer period, power-assisted RPE should be used.

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