The correct way to bag asbestos waste is to carefully place all waste into the UN certified red asbestos bag being careful not to disperse fibres. This bag must be sealed and then placed within the clear asbestos bag along with any PPE that has been worn and again sealed.
Asbestos Removal Bags Description:
Bag Dimensions: 900mm x 1200mm
30kg weight maximum (largest asbestos removal bags produced)(Heavy Duty)
Only poly sheeting is categorised in “Gauge” which must be over 1000g for the Asbestos Industry.
Asbestos disposal bags must be UN certified and are classified according to the weight the bags would hold. This ranges from 10Kg bags which are cheaper, 20KG bags up to the heaviest duty Asbestos Removal Bags at 30KG. It is important not to overfill to limit potential splitting & exposure of dangerous asbestos fibres. The Heavy-duty 30kg bags are recommended.
02. Are there different Asbestos Waste Bags available?
Asbestos waste bags are classified based on the weight of asbestos waste that they can carry. The cheapest bags can only carry 10kg & the heaviest duty bags 30kg. The bags are 900 x 1200 in size however the thickness is based on the weight they have been designed to carry. I.e 30Kg will be thicker than a 20kg and a 10kg bag.
Be careful what KG bag you are actually buying. Cheap asbestos disposal bags will likely be low KG bags.
It is advisable to use the heaviest duty 30kg asbestos removal bags as they are less likely to split from overloading and therefore less likely to expose dangerous asbestos fibres.
The Asbestos bags also come in 2 different colours Red & Clear Asbestos bags. The red bag is slightly smaller than the clear bag. All waste needs to be double-bagged. The waste is placed in the red bag and then this should be placed in the clear bag along with any PPE and salad with tape.
03. What bags should I use for Asbestos Waste?
Asbestos waste bags must have an asbestos UN number. Only UN 2212 2590 Certified bags are legislated for use in the UK with the full asbestos coding visible will ensure that all asbestos waste labelling requirements are legally adhered to. The Asbestos removal bags come as both red and clear waste bags, with the red bag slightly small than the clear bag. The asbestos waste needs to be placed in the red bag being careful not to damage or break up the asbestos & then sealed. Do not overfill the bag, leave enough space to be able to seal with tape. You will then need to place the red bag and your PPE into the clear bag and seal properly again
N.B Always wear the correct Asbestos PPE when handling asbestos, which includes Asbestos masks & asbestos Graded Coveralls.
04. How to properly dispose of Household Asbestos?
How to Contain The Asbestos Waste
Asbestos Waste- ie Asbestos Cement Garage Roof or shed
Double bag in red/clear UN Certified 900x1200 bags-Dampen down any cement to stop fibres spreading
Asbestos insulation-ie infill panels and partitions
Wet the insulation
Double bag in red/clear UN Certified 900x1200 bags
If insulation wrapped around pie dispose of whole pipe.
Asbestos Pipe-ie Cement
Seal broken ends
Double bag small pieces or fragments, dampen