Typical domestic asbestos removal.
Most domestic asbestos falls into the category of non-licensed asbestos removal. It is the lowest risk category for removal of asbestos containing materials and products. Artex ceilings and walls, asbestos garage roofs, asbestos waste pipes, vinyl floor tiles were all commonly used in the construction of properties built before the year 2000. Many properties, although recently refurbished could still have asbestos hidden under newer building materials. Our surveys and testing service can help detect them before they are disturbed. Once we have confirmation that you have asbestos in your property our team can offer you advise on how to best tackle the problem. Removal isnt always the option.
Examples of asbestos removal work.
Non-licensed removal can take place where there is a low risk of exposure. This could apply to ACMs coated, covered, or contained in another material, such as cement, paint, or plastic. This could include:
Testing should be carried out to assess the type and condition of the asbestos and a risk assessment and plan of work will be needed. Equipment required includes appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory equipment (RPE), along with type H vacuum cleaning equipment with a high efficiency particle arrestor (HEPA) filter.
Disposing of asbestos
Asbestos is a hazardous waste material so it must be handled carefully. It must at least be double bagged and clearly labelled to be removed from your site for appropriate disposal. A licenced contractor might be needed to remove asbestos waste from your site. We work with a trusted licensed asbestos contractor, so we can manage this aspect of your project for you if required.
Notifiable non-licensed asbestos removal
If you are an employer some types of non-licensed asbestos work are notifiable, meaning you must tell the licensing authority about your project. It will depend on the type of work needed, the ACM involved, and its condition. This should be part of the risk assessment completed before work begins. Considerations will include the type of work you are planning:
Maintenance work such as drilling holes to attach fittings or pass cables through a wall or ceiling, painting, cleaning, or where moving some asbestos might be incidental to your main task, such as taking down an asbestos ceiling tile for inspection.
Removal as part of a refurbishment or redesign project.
Encapsulation, where you are planning to enclose or seal asbestos materials that are in good condition.
Air monitoring and control where you will collect and analyse samples.
If ACMs are degraded and likely to flake or crumble, such as pipe insulation, or where they are damaged due to flood or fire for example, there will be a higher risk of exposure and the work is likely to be notifiable. Don’t delay, enquire about non-licensed asbestos removal today.