The removal of any asbestos-containing materials from a building must be completed in accordance with the HSE Code of Practice.
However, there are different categories the extent of the danger of the asbestos asbestos-containing materials fall under. The 3 different categories are:
– Non-licensed asbestos removal: as there are lower risks involved, a license is not required for the removal process. This is because any possible exposure to the asbestos fibres in this type of removal is not expected to present a large risk, so long as the correct precautions are in place. This would include work that is sporadic and of low intensity. In this instance, the concentration of asbestos in the air should not exceed 0.6f/cm3 measured over 10 minutes.
– Notifiable non-licensed work: according to asbestos regulations that came into effect in April 2012, there are some instances where the removal of asbestos is non-licensed, but notifiable. This is where there are large quantities of asbestos-containing materials that need to be removed from a sizable area, or if the asbestos is in a poor condition. The removal contractor does not need to be licensed for this removal, but correct control measures must be in place and the local council must be informed.
– Licensable asbestos removal: this must be completed by a licensed asbestos removal company. It refers to activities that involve ‘significant hazard, risk or public concern.’ This type of asbestos removal is considerably hazardous as it involves asbestos-containing materials that are regarded as high risk. The materials in question are likely to release larger quantities of asbestos fibres during the removal process. As such, the persons performing this type of removal need specific training and will follow specific working practices.
A thorough risk assessment can be conducted to determine the most appropriate type of asbestos removal for a specific building. When any asbestos-c00ntaining materials are removed from a building, it must be done according to the regulations stipulated by the HSE. The removal of asbestos-containing materials can be a complicated process and requires special precautions to be in place, as well as the necessary equipment.
During the removal process, the area is cleared of all equipment, furniture and removable items. If there are items that cannot be removed, they will be securely covered with thick polythene sheeting. The area in which the removal will take place needs to be made isolated. A containment area is built and the polythene sheeting is used to cover the walls as well as the floor in order to secure the area.
The team completing the asbestos removal process are required to wear protective clothing including gloves, disposable overalls, goggles and respirators. It is essential to use the services of a professional asbestos removal company to ensure that the removal is both professionally carried out and safe.
Asbestos Associated is a fully licensed and professional asbestos removal company. We provide asbestos removal services that are safe, professional and with as little disruption to your business as possible. Additionally, we provide a high level of staff expertise, attention to detail and level of service.