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Completing the short form above will instantly give you contact details for local experts who can help you with Asbestos Removal. You will be provided with all this information within less than a second. You can then contact them directly, discuss your requirement in more detail, and get quotations. If you decide to place an order you would deal with them directly. There is no middle man.
Before arranging for the removal of asbestos containing material (ACM) from a building you may need to commission a survey to identify if asbestos is present and to outline the best way to remove it safely. There are 2 types of survey:
Management Asbestos Survey and Report: In this kind of survey, only easily eached parts of the building will be inspected. The surveyor can either take samples of materials for analysis or make a presumption that asbestos is present. It is normally the case that samples are taken as this will avoid uncertainty and prevent unnecessary concern. A Management Survey will not identify any hidden materials e.g. that which is within cavities, voids and floor spaces. These generally do not present a hazard unless building work takes place.
Demolition / Refurbishment Asbestos Survey and Report: This type of survey is appropriate before building work or demolition / partial demolition takes place. The surveyor will identify ALL materials that contain asbestos so that they can either be avoided or safely removed before work commences. This survey will result in significant damage as it is necessary to search for all hidden asbestos materials: holes will have to be made in studding walls, ducts which could contain heating pipework will be opened up and floor joists, window frames and door frames will have to be exposed to check for asbestos materials.
The removal of asbestos from a building is a very complex and costly process that should only be carried out by a licensed contractor. They will make sure that the removal is done safely and the asbestos taken to a licensed disposal site where it will not be a danger to other people. When the removal is complete, the property owner should ensure that a ‘Certificate of Re-Occupation’ is provided from an independent accredited laboratory before the contractor is paid and before people are allowed back into the building.
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Before placing an order with a surveyor and commissioning a report, or with a contractor to have asbestos removed, you should ensure that your chosen supplier is licensed to provide such a service. He should have suitable qualifications, experience and specific asbestos insurance. Suppliers will normally, as a minimum, have the qualifications P402 and P405 from The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
Asbestos: General Overview
Few people realise that asbestos can be found in a diverse range of relatively common building products. For instance:
Asbestos roofing material.
Some felt roof lining materials.
Some soffit panels (located under the eaves).
Asbestos wall panels.
Some sound proofing wall panels
Asbestos ceiling panels.
Some insulation materials used in ceilings.
Some acoustic ceiling tiles.
Some ‘Artex’ type textured coatings to walls and ceilings.
Asbestos fire blankets.
Some insulation materials used to lag hot pipes, boilers and hot water cylinders.
Some vinyl floor tiles.
Some insulation used in night storage heaters.
Some artificial coals, logs and products used in fireplaces.
It is not possible to be certain that asbestos is present in a material without analysis as the fibres can be too small to be visible to the naked eye. They can also be disguised by the other components. Only laboratories accredited by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) are permitted to analyse samples of material for asbestos.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 legislates that owners of commercial premises and the owners of communal domestic premises produce a plan for the management of asbestos in their property. Health and safety authorities may ask to see the plan and it may be required by mortgage companies and insurers. Owners must ensure that anyone working at the premises, such as contractors, are alerted to the presence and location of any asbestos containing materials and that any asbestos present is not disturbed in a way that may result in a hazard to health.
It may be that your home will contain some asbestos and while you should be wary of this there might not be any great cause for alarm. Asbestos can cause lung cancer if inhaled as a fine dust and should therefore, never be sawed, sanded, drilled, brushed or disturbed in any way that could cause dust to be produced. If asbestos is not disturbed, the likelihood of major problems developing is very much reduced.
At this point in time (2009) there is no legislation covering requirements for private home owners in the UK to manage the asbestos in their homes although some industry sources believe that legislation to address this will eventually be introduced. Until that happens it would be prudent for a purchaser to consider the possible presence of asbestos before agreeing to purchase a property. The presence of asbestos could have a significant effect on the value of the property or present difficulties in the future if re-sold.
There is a duty on landlords to ensure that tenants are protected from harm (The Environmental Protection Act 1990 and The Occupiers Liability Act 1984). This legislation does not mention asbestos by name although it is sometimes used when asbestos has deteriorated and landlords are required to take action or when a tenant seeks compensation from the landlord for damage to their health.
More information about asbestos surveys can be found in the HSE document; Asbestos: The Survey Guide.
A very helpful website is http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos . It contains information about materials which contain asbestos, legal duties on property owners and the correct procedures to remove asbestos materials safely. The site also contains an up to date list of licensed asbestos contractors.
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