This code of practice is binding on any employer required to adopt this code by the Executive Director of the Occupational Health and Safety Division. If not required to be adopted, it can still be used as a useful guide for any establishments considering removing asbestos.
1. Requirement for Isolation of Work Area
Where removal of asbestos-containing materials is performed in an occupied workplace, a temporary enclosure shall be constructed to prevent asbestos fibers from leaving the asbestos removal area. The enclosure shall be:
Where the enclosure is not a glove bag, the enclosure shall:
2. Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment
Where a glove bag is used, personnel shall wear a full body covering (including head) and a half face piece, non-powered respirator equipped with a 100 class filter or equipment offering equal or greater protection.
Where wet removal of friable materials is to be performed, personnel shall wear full body covering (including head) and a powered air purifying respirator equipped with either an asbestos filter or a 100 class filter or equipment offering equal or greater protection.
Where dry removal of friable asbestos-containing materials is to be performed, personnel shall wear full body covering (including head) and a positive pressure supplied air respirator with a full face piece or equipment offering equal or greater protection.
3. Requirements for Personal Hygiene
Where a glove bag is used, personnel shall remove and bag coveralls prior to either removing any respirator or leaving the work area.
Where removal of friable asbestos-containing material is performed without a glove bag, street clothes must be removed and left in the clean area of the enclosure. Protective clothing as set out in section 2 shall be worn in the work area. Prior to either removing any respirator or leaving the work area, coveralls and other contaminated clothing shall be removed and sent for disposal. With the respirator still in place, personnel shall shower. When hair and body have been thoroughly wetted, the respirator can be removed. The shower shall have both hot and cold running water.
Toilet facilities shall be provided in or near the clean room on the decontaminated side of the enclosure.
No eating, drinking, or smoking is permitted in the work area.
4. Requirements for Waste Disposal
All waste shall be placed in 0.15 millimetre (6 mil) polyethylene bags with printed asbestos warning labels. These bags shall be closed and the outside cleaned before being taken to the decontamination area. They are then to be placed within a second 0.15 millimetre (6 mil) labeled bag or a labeled drum and sent to an approved landfill site.
5. Requirements for Clean-Up
Following removal work, any asbestos-containing materials remaining inside the work area shall be either removed using a HEPA vacuum or wet cleaning methods or adequately sealed.
Following the clean-up noted in clause a) and prior to removing the enclosure, the enclosure shall be left undisturbed for a period of twenty-four (24) hours with the negative air pressure unit operating.
Following the clean-up noted in clause a) and prior to removing the enclosure, the work area shall be evaluated by a competent person to ensure that there will be no reasonable possibility of asbestos-containing materials becoming airborne.
Requirement to Prepare Code of Practice
Here the specific requirements outlined in this Code of Practice are to be altered; a Code of Practice which includes the alterations must be approved by the Director.
16th of May, 2011