Procedure For The Removal Of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM)


To remove ACM, sheet, roofing, flues etc

To control the risk of generating airborne asbestos fibre

To control the risk of exposure to airborne asbestos fibre


Normal plumbing activities may require the removal of a limited amount of non-friable ACM.

Under Part 8 of the OH&S (Asbestos Regulations (2003) the ACM to be removed can be up to 10m2 (approximately 4 sheets of AC or 4 lengths of flue and fittings), the time of removal can take up to one hour and can only occur once in seven days.

If a removal was to be greater than 10m2 in area or was to take longer than one hour a Class B asbestos removalist is required to carry out the task

Only non-friable ACM can be removed with this procedure

A risk assessment must be carried out prior to the work being carried out.

No power tools can be used during the removal of the ACM and no compressed air or gases can be used within 6 metres of the ACM removal site.

Training in maintenance activities involving non-friable ACM is required.

Explanation to the occupier/employer/home owner needs to occur prior to the removal commencing; the information in: Asbestos in the home, Department of Human Services, June 2003

Equipment required for asbestos removal

P2 respiratory protection that complies with AS 1716 and is used in accordance with AS1715 and is appropriate for asbestos removal

Disposable coveralls


Appropriate hand tools for the task

Labeled asbestos waste bags

200(m plastic sheet (would require labels if used to wrap ACM, warning label should read: caution asbestos, do not open or damage, do not inhale dust)

Duct tape

Hand water spray,

Wet wipes (wet rags or alcohol wipes)

For work in a workplace asbestos barrier tape and signs


Identification of ACM

Workplace: obtain record of results from occupier/employer to determine if ACM material to be removed or if inaccessible must be deemed to be ACM unless proven not to be ACM.

Domestic residence: determine age of appliance and conduct visual inspection to determine if potentially ACM.

Can only remove NON-FRIABLE ACM if friable ACM identified; do not disturb, seal and enclose as far as is practicable to prevent generation of airborne fibre. Removal of friable ACM must be conducted by an asbestos removalist holding a Class A licence.

Preparation for removal:

Restrict access to the work area to those involved in the ACM removal; if necessary. If removal was in a work place asbestos barrier tape and warning signs would be required

Gain access to ACM to be removed. The work may be carried out at height; if so the OH&S (Prevention of Falls) Regulations 2003 must be complied with.

Visual inspection of work area

Additional lighting may be required

Put in place all necessary equipment for removal

Hand tools required for task

Water spray

Wet wipes (wet rags or alcohol wipes)

Asbestos bags

Plastic sheet


Removal of ACM

Don PPE, disposable coveralls, gloves and P2 respiratory protection

Wet down all ACM to be removed

Disconnect ACM and fittings taking care to minimize breakage

Wet down during removal to keep wet if necessary

Place ACM and fittings contaminated with ACM into asbestos waste bags as soon as is practicable. If not able to fit ACM into bags wrap in plastic, tape and label

Remove all visible ACM debris and place in asbestos waste bags, bags should only be 2/3 filled

Wet wipe areas which have been in contact with ACM

Final visual inspection to ensure no visible ACM debris is present at removal site

Decontaminate tools and boots and place wet rags in waste bag

Remove coveralls and gloves and place in waste bag

Seal bag by taping and goose necking

Place bagged ACM into second bag; remove respiratory protection and place in second bag tape and goose neck to seal

Double bagged ACM is transported to asbestos waste skip as soon as is practicable. To meet EPA requirements the amount of ACM and the source need to be logged.

At the end of the job there must be no visible debris left in the area and no visible airborne dust generated while carrying out the task.

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