HAS/012/002 - Appendix 3

Guidance note for the removal of service position single cables wrapped with asbestos tape.

Responsible person;  Craftsman

Scope:       This document gives guidance on the safe method of removal of small amounts of asbestos cable.  In following this guidance, exposure to respirable asbestos fibres is maintained to well below those considered injurious to health.

Working method: -

Isolate the singles from the supply by removal of the cut out fuse or by cutting the cable outside.

Thoroughly coat the meter tails with thick paste e.g. wallpaper paste or shaving foam, taking care not to apply excess paste such that it runs off the cable.   If the cable tape is in poor condition, apply dampened Tack Wipes, or equivalent prior to using the wetting agent/spray.  This will remove any possibility for generating airborne asbestos fibres.

Remove the tails taking care not to unnecessarily disturb or break up the asbestos tape.  The end shell/fuse unit should be removed with the asbestos wrapped singles connected wherever possible.

Removed tape should then be double bagged in approved asbestos waste bags for disposal as asbestos waste.

Thoroughly clean the surface of the cable using tack wipes.