Asbestos Essentials- Official guidance notes from the HSE

This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice.

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A0. Advice on when and how you should use these sheets

Work with asbestos cement (AC) (non-licensed)

A9.   Drilling holes in asbestos cement and other highly bonded materials 
A10. Cleaning debris from guttering on an asbestos cement roof
A11. Removing asbestos cement debris
A12. Cleaning weathered asbestos cement roofing and cladding
A13. Repairing damaged asbestos cement
A14. Removing asbestos cement sheets, gutters, etc. and dismantling a small asbestos cement structure
A15. Removing asbestos cement or reinforced plastic product e.g. tank, duct, water cistern
A16. Painting asbestos cement sheets
A35. Replacing an asbestos cement flue or duct
A36. Removing an asbestos cement panel outside, beside or beneath a window

Working with textured coatings (TC) containing asbestos (non-licensed)

A26. Drilling and boring through textured coatings
A27. Inserting and removing screws through textured coatings
A28. Removing textured coating from a small area e.g. 1 square metre
A29. Cleaning up debris following collapse of a ceiling or wall covered with textured coating

Strictly controlled minor work on Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB)

A1. Drilling holes in asbestos insulating board
A2. Removing a single (screwed-in) asbestos insulating board ceiling tile
A3. Removing a door with asbestos insulating board fireproofing
A4. Removing a single asbestos insulating board panel less than 1m2, fixed in with nails or screws
A5. Cleaning light fittings attached to asbestos insulating board
A6. Repairing minor damage to asbestos insulating board
A7. Painting undamaged asbestos insulating board

Safe work with undamaged asbestos materials

A8. Enclosing undamaged asbestos materials to prevent impact damage
A20. Laying cables in areas containing undamaged asbestos materials
A34. Removing pins and nails from an asbestos insulating board panel

Removal and replacement of other asbestos containing materials

A17. Removing asbestos paper linings
A18. Removing asbestos friction linings
A19. Removing an asbestos fire blanket
A21. Removing asbestos-containing bituminous products
A22. Removing metal cladding lined with asbestos-containing bitumen
A23. Removing asbestos-containing floor tiles and mastic
A24. Removing flexible asbestos duct connectors (gaiters)
A25. Removing compressed asbestos fibre gaskets and asbestos rope seals
A30. Removing an asbestos-containing 'arc shield’ from electrical switchgear
A31. Removing a single asbestos-containing gas or electric heater
A32. Replacing an asbestos-containing part in a 'period’ domestic appliance
A33. Replacing an asbestos-containing fuse box or single fuse assembly
A37. Removing asbestos-containing mastic, sealant, beading, filler, putty or fixing  

Fly-tipped waste

A38. Making safe and collecting fly-tipped asbestos waste 

Equipment and method sheets

EM1. What to do if you uncover or damage materials that may contain asbestos
EM2. Training
EM3. Building and dismantling a mini-enclosure
EM4. Using a class-H vacuum cleaner for asbestos
EM5. Wetting asbestos materials
EM6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
EM7. Using damp rags to clean surfaces of minor asbestos contamination
EM8. Personal decontamination
EM9. Disposal of asbestos waste
EM10. Statement of cleanliness after textured coating removal 


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