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The Do’s and Don’ts of handling asbestos

If you intend to remove asbestos yourself rather than employ a qualified tradesperson, there are some factors to take into account that will be critical to you or your workers health and wellbeing in years to come.

All owners, Body Corporates and persons in control of businesses or undertakings have obligations under the Work Health & Safety Act when dealing with asbestos.

Seymour Consultants can conduct an asbestos audit on your property to ensure your property complies with current legislation. We can provide a customised solution for your situation to ensure you comply with the relevant national codes before you undertake any asbestos removal works.

If you do intend to proceed with asbestos removal yourself, here, we share some tips of what to do and what not to do when it comes to handling asbestos.



Wear full body, disposable protective clothing with gloves, shoe protection, safety glasses and a respirator

Inform neighbouring properties of asbestos work

Erect signs signalling asbestos work in progress and barriers if necessary

Isolate the area from rest of the building

Keep any unnecessary people or pets away

Work in a well ventilated area

Cover the floor with heavy duty plastic sheeting

Hose down or keep wet the asbestos material to prevent fibres becoming air borne

Use heavy industrial plastic to store the removed asbestos materials on outside

Carefully remove asbestos sheets to prevent breakage

Where possible do not cut asbestos sheets

Use hand powered tools if possible to reduce asbestos dust and fibres

With protective clothing and respirator still on, double package up removed asbestos sheets in the heavy duty plastic and sell well with tape

When finished, thoroughly clean work area, tools and equipment

Use wet rags and mops to clean up asbestos fibres or dust from the floor

Carefully remove and dispose of asbestos suit, gloves, shoe protection safety glasses, rags and mops into a double bag and seal securely.

Remove respirator and double bag and seal

Immediately shower to remove any asbestos fibres



Work with asbestos on a windy day

Take off your protective clothing, gloves, shoes protection, safety glasses or respirator until you have completely finished the job

Use high pressure water equipment, it may spread asbestos fibres and dust

Break asbestos sheets

Walk on asbestos roofs

Walk through unprotected areas of the building

Allow unnecessary or unprotected people or pets on the job site

Clean the work area using the househould vacuum cleaner

Dispose of asbestos irresponsibly.  Take to an asbestos treatment facility

Reuse asbestos

Dump at tips or transfer stations

Keep or attempt to recycle any of the protective clothing or respirator

Reuse floor protection


Asbestos can be extremely dangerous if not handled with respect. To avoid you or your workers contracting a potentially fatal disease, Seymour Consultants always recommend you engage an Asbestos Auditing Specialist.


Call us 07 5573 4011 if you would like some advice on asbestos auditing for your QLD or NSW property or to book our services.