Choosing the Right Protective Clothing for Asbestos Removal

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a general term for a group of minerals that includes six kinds of mineral fibers. Due to its durability, fire resistance, and insulation properties, it has been widely used in various applications, such as insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption.

However, asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and pose a danger to health. That’s why the use of asbestos has gradually declined since the latter part of the 20th century. (*More about Asbestos, read the article:How Well Do You Understand Asbestos Protection? On ULTITEC website.)

Skin protection for removing Asbestos

Asbestos is linked to severe health issues such as lung problems and mesothelioma, and it is also associated with skin problems including dermatitis, warts, and cuts. Therefore, it is important to wear PPE during the removal process.

Here are the suggested requirements for protective clothing:

Type 5 Certification: Dry Particle Suits

To pass CE Type 5, it required an inward leakage test uses sodium chloride (aerosol) with a particle size range of 0.06 to 2μm (averaging 0.6μm). Asbestos size is usually between 3-20 μm, which means type 5 coverall can provide effective protection.

CE EN 1073-2: Against Radioactive Contamination

This standard requires more restrict criteria against particulates so that garments provide higher protection level and more suitable for asbestos resistant application

ULTITEC Recommendation:

Particles & Light Liquid Spray Protective Clothing
  • Superior barrier against harmful particles, filter out most small size particulates.
  • Optional antistatic (EN 1149-5) feature protects workers in spark-prone environments.
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