Any thoughts on cement/asbestos roof sheets (removal) anyone?
Has anyone done this DIY, or employed part timers? Anyone know if there are rules and regs to be complied with? I can find none so far - onl recommendations.
I can find part timers to do the work - but want to be sure they understand any risks, and that they know how to deal with them....
I found this....
1)Provide safe high-level access equipment from inside roof space with its floor covered by plastic sheeting and from outside roof space;
(Can only supply high level DIY scaffold *from the outside*, no access at all inside)
2) Prohibit and/or restrict access beneath the working area;
Thats OK - can do that...
3) Provide operator with a type 5 coverall with hood, gloves and a disposable filtering half-mask (EN 149 FFP3);
These can be found online - not very expensive - is it important o insist they wear the kit? Its a small job of 12 roof sheets to be removed and replaced by steel)
3) Spray water containing a surfactant on the roofing sheet;
Ive got a pump that will deliver water up to their level - (but surfactant? is that important?)
4) Unscrew fixings or cut them with a hand-tool, whilst locally vacuuming the surfaces using a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner (H13 filter complying with standard EN 1822);
I have no vacuum cleaner of that type - but as its such a small area - would wetting the whole surface and using hand tools be safe enough?
5) Lift and remove the roofing sheet without breaking it and put it carefully into the wrapping provided for its disposal;
They have an open backed truck to put the sheets into - if I line it with sheets of plastic and cover the whole lot up (all damp) for delivery to the approved tip, would that be ok?
6) Clean the structural members (beams, etc.), adjacent roofing sheets and the high-level access equipment using the HEPA filter vacuum cleaner, then wipe with a wet rag;
I cannot supervise that - and have no special vacuum cleaner...
7) Re-install a suitably dimensioned, steel or resin roofing sheet;
8) Put the plastic sheeting, rags, coverall, gloves and disposable half-mask into an asbestos waste bag.
I have no real ideal of the level of care necessary, or if precautions described are generally for people working regularly with this material, or for a one off - 12 sheet job... I understand that roofing sheets do not contain tthe dangerous blue asbestos - but white asbestos.