There are a number of different ways to remove asbestos. If you have been told that your property contains asbestos, this can be a stressful time. Let us guide you through the decisions that you should be making.
There is very little that we haven’t seen when it comes to asbestos. So, firstly, we would suggest speaking to a competent professional (we can be your starting point) and being open about the issues. If you require a more in-depth asbestos survey to make sure there are no other hidden asbestos materials and the extent of asbestos material has been identified, then now is the time to talk about it.
Firstly, what needs to be done?
Asbestos does not always need to be removed. Legally, it must be managed, but it must be in a safe and sealed condition. Assuming that it has been determined that asbestos remedial / removal is required as the best option, what next?
Deciding what to do will be informed by:
- What type of asbestos?
- What condition is the asbestos in?
- Is it likely to be disturbed?
- Is it notifiable to the Health & Safety Executive?
Have you had the appropriate asbestos survey?
The survey (and associated sampling results) will tell you how much asbestos there is, its location, and what type. This guides your chosen professional in developing the best solution.
Second, how best to do it
There are different ways to remove asbestos.
As well as that, you’ll need to consider under what conditions the removal should be done.
You may need to include air monitoring, and there are various types. As well as that, there is the consideration of how frequently should this air monitoring be done? Is a Decontamination unit (DCU) required on site? Where should it be situated? These are all legally required if work is being undertaken on notifiable asbestos materials. Notifiable asbestos materials can only be worked on by licensed asbestos removal contractors. Work by tradespeople who are not licenced can result in prosecution of both of the person undertaking the work and the building owner.
Third, who should carry out the work
We would always suggest working with a competent specialist to arrange and manage your remedial / removal project.
If you are working for a business, then doing so will be mandatory, as you won’t be compliant with your Health & Safety responsibilities unless you manage the risk effectively. This is in addition to your specific responsibilities under the Control of Asbestos (CAR2012) regulations.
If you are a home owner, whilst the applicable legislation is different, you still have a responsibility not to expose others (such as people who carry out work in your home) to asbestos.
So, understanding the kind of job, the requirements, and matching a suitable specialist to the job is vital.
Do you need licensed contractor? What materials are they licensed to work with?
What happens after removal?
The final and most important part of the asbestos removal / remediation project (if works are being undertaken under full conditions), is the 4-stage clearance procedure. When complete, you will then be issued a certificate of re-occupation. We would strongly suggest that the UKAS accredited analyst is impartial and contracted to the client or asbestos project manager and not the asbestos removal contractor. There is no legal requirement for this to be so, but it is seen as best practice.
How we can help
We can advise on the specifics of your situation.
- The most appropriate way to deal with any asbestos that is found. In some cases, removal is not the most practical option. But, if it is, then there are a range of methods to choose from and associated techniques and tools.
- The best company for the job. Naturally, as there are different methods available, some companies will be better suited to one than the other. We also have to consider the scale of the work, the qualifications needed, the appropriate level of insurance, and procedures that need to be in place.
- Completing and signing off the job independently. We work with an independent, UKAS-accredited analyst. Thus, we help you to meet your legal obligatios.