Please see Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance before undertaking any work which may involve asbestos.
Corrugated asbestos sheeting was used to build garages and sheds and is found in many older properties. It is resistant to weather and corrosion and is fire resistant, which is why it was used so extensively. If you wish to remove corrugated asbestos sheeting from your own domestic property, you can:
- Employ a licensed asbestos contractor to do it for you.
- Do it yourself.
If you decide to do it yourself, here are some basic tips, which may help to reduce the risks to your safety
- Clear the area which contains the asbestos sheeting
- Keep children and those not involved away from the area if possible
- Wear a dust mask approved for asbestos obtained from safety equipment suppliers
- Wear a disposable overall
- Spread a plastic sheet under the work area to collect dust
- Dampen the sheet with a garden hose, sprinkler or watering can
- Carefully remove the sheets. Remove whole sheets or components, try not to break them up. Clean up settled dust with a damp cloth and seal in a plastic bag whilst still damp.
- Place the sheets in bags, tie and seal them
- Do not use a domestic vacuum cleaner as fine asbestos dust will pass through the filter. Industrial cleaners suitable for asbestos can be hired
- Wash well afterwards
- Take the bags to the KCC disposal site (listed below) of your choice, in your car. Do not use a trailer or a transit type van as the tip manager may refuse you entry. It is advisable to phone ahead to the disposal site of your choice to check that there is an available bin to take your asbestos sheets. This may save you a wasted journey
- Tell the site manager you have domestic asbestos waste and he will direct which bin you must put it in
Asbestos recycling centres
Some Household Waste Recycling Centres will take domestic corrugated asbestos sheeting.