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Drilling into non-friable ACM using an H rated industrial HEPA filter vacuum to control airborne fibres and dust

This safe work procedure describes the preparation, process and work method for drilling holes into non-friable (bonded) asbestos-containing material (ACM) such as fibro, hardiplank, compressed sheeting, tilux, using an H rated industrial HEPA filter vacuum to control airborne fibres and dust.

Equipment

A range of equipment should be used to control the risk of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres, including:

  • 200 μm plastic drop sheets
  • rolls of duct or gaffer tape
  • plastic bags 1200 x 900 mm (200 μm) labelled with a warning (e.g. CAUTION: Asbestos, Do not damage or open bag. Do not inhale dust.)
  • barricading or hazard tape
  • bucket three-quarters full of water
  • atomiser bottle with water
  • access to a continuous supply of water
  • cordless drill or hand drill
  • drill bits suitable for the task
  • tape measure
  • rags or disposable wipes
  • H rated industrial HEPA filter vacuum that meets AS4260 and AS/NZS 60335.2.69:2003
  • shadow vacuuming attachments
  • PVA glue (sealant) and a small paint brush
  • marker pen
  • access to the first aid kit
  • spare PPE
  • safety lace less work boots.

Safe work procedures

Follow the steps depicted below and view the example videos.

View the film extract Drilling of asbestos walls and ceilings from Asbestos Awareness - an informative guide to asbestos.