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© David Ryle

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© David Ryle

This nine-image gallery shows a day in the life of a team of operatives from an asbestos risk management company. The team are removing asbestos from a west London hospital.

  • An asbestos removal operative standing outside the decontamination unit. He is wearing blue transit overalls and transit shoes. He dressed in the ‘clean end’ of the unit and passed through the ‘dirty end’ to begin the transit.

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  • Phantom full-face masks for asbestos removal, hanging in the clean end of the decontamination unit.

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  • Sign showing the transit route. This has to be clearly marked and kept free of debris.

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  • Airlock with blue transit overalls hanging up.

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  • Underneath the blue transit overalls are the orange ‘dirty’ overalls, which are used in the contaminated area. The operative passes from the airlock into the contaminated area, a former newsagent’s. Air is monitored outside the airlock to ensure that no airborne asbestos fibres leak out.

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  • Specially designed vacuums are used to suck up debris and dust so no asbestos fibres escape.

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  • Working in the contaminated area.

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  • Working in the contaminated area.

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  • The dirty end of the decontamination unit. After transiting back to the unit in blue overalls, an operative enters through the dirty end and then showers, keeping on his mask. He then unscrews the filter on the mask, posts it back through to the dirty end, removes the mask and dresses in the clean end. He can then leave.

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