Learn more about Asbestos Removal in England
Asbestos refers to six naturally occurring silicate minerals, which are all composed of thin and long fibrous crystals. Each of the fibres is composed of numerous microscopic ‘fibrils,’ which, by several processes such as abrasion, can be released into the atmosphere. Asbestos is an outstanding electrical insulator, which is why it was used as a building material in England for so many years. However, it has now become a well-known health and safety hazard and when a person inhales or ingests asbestos dust; some of the mineral fibres can become trapped in their body and will cause damage to your health over time.
Due to this fact the use of asbestos as a building material is illegal in England and any work related to asbestos should be strictly controlled and must comply with the associated legislation. Poorly controlled asbestos work could cause asbestos exposure, which is highly toxic to human health and it is also harmful to the environment as it does not break down easily.
If you need to have asbestos removed from your residential or commercial building in England, it is important that the work is performed according to the guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive; there are three types of removal work:
1. Non-licensed and non-notifiable – is for a low amount of fibres that may be released. While the work has to meet health and safety requirements, it can be performed by an unlicensed person who adheres to strict regulations and has completed specific training.
2. Non-licensed but notifiable – specific types of asbestos where harmful fibres may be released by, for example, breaking cement or asbestos sheets into smaller particles can be performed by an unlicensed person who adheres to strict regulations and has completed specific training. However, the work should be notified to the relevant authorities.
3. Fully licensed work – all medium and high-risk asbestos work have to be performed by a fully licensed asbestos disposal company. This type of asbestos disposal includes almost all work indoors or in poorly ventilated areas.
While some work can be carried out by those who are unlicensed, it does not mean that the work is safe. The UK has one of the world’s strictest asbestos regulations, for both licensed and unlicensed persons and companies. Therefore, even if you think that the type of material you want to remove in your home is “low risk,” do yourself a favour and never try to remove it yourself. Without completing adequate training and having enough knowledge of the process, you will put your health at risk.
In an office that you are responsible for, you must comply with the strict rules regarding your duty of care, which is set down in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 The regulations place responsibilities upon employers, employees, and duty holders (the people in charge of the building). Some of the more important regulations of the Control of Asbestos include the responsibility of asbestos management, as well as the responsibility to identify and locate asbestos in any non-domestic building.
The wisest and safest way of asbestos removal is by hiring a professional asbestos disposal company, as they will test for the toxic mineral, have the correct safety gear to keep everyone safe from exposure and they will follow strict regulations. Hiring a professional asbestos disposal company is about protecting yourself, your family, and the environment.