We recommend that all tradespeople keep an Asbestos PPE Kit as part of your tool kits. This ensures that it is always on hand should you encounter asbestos in your workplace.
If asbestos is or may be present, PPE must include:
respiratory protective equipment (RPE) – to avoid inhaling asbestos fibres
disposable overalls which are impervious to asbestos dust – to avoid the risk of carrying asbestos fibres away from the worksite on clothing
footwear – appropriate for the work being undertaken. Footwear should be non-laced as laced footwear is difficult to clean – alternatively wear disposable boot covers.
Plastic drop sheets - to help protect the area from any residual dust
Joining and sealing tape - to stop any dust particles getting underneath your drop sheet.
Asbestos Signage - which should be positioned appropriately around your worksite to keep people away.
Disposable plastic asbestos bags 200 microns thick - for disposal of any asbestos waste and your PPE.
Why is PPE required?
Controls must be in place to prevent or reduce exposure to asbestos fibres when working with asbestos-containing material (ACM). The risks must be minimised even more by using appropriate PPE.
A respirator or RPE should be worn at all times by workers in any environment where asbestos is or suspected to be present to minimise the risk of breathing in asbestos.
Always remember to correctly dispose of your PPE after each use to avoid any contamination. Do not reuse it and don't forget to replace it.
For more information on PPE requirements and the correct respiratory equipment to use, visit the WorkSafeNZ website or take an asbestos awareness course.
What is PPE?
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is any clothing or equipment that provides protection to the wearer from a potential risk.