It's essential that you take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others when dealing with asbestos. These steps outline ways to assess the risk, ensure you have adequate training and understanding of how minimise any exposure to asbestos through adequate preparation of the work area.
A job specific risk assessment must be conducted prior to commencing any possible asbestos work, and include:
Person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must ensure that workers have received training in and aware of:
To prepare the site for work with asbestos:
Before you commence, do a final check:
A range of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn by workers to protect them from exposure to airborne asbestos fibres, including:
The PCBU must ensure that the workers involved in working with asbestos are clean-shaven. To ensure that the respirator has an adequate seal to the face, and will protect the workers from inhaling fibres workers with facial hair should wear a fully face respirator.
Workers must completely fasten the coveralls, place the hood over their head and avoid wearing any jewellery to reduce the risk of asbestos residue contamination.