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Completing the form above will immediately give you a set of contact details for local experts specialising in Asbestos Removal. You will begiven all this information within less than a second. You can then contact the suppliers directly, discuss your requirement with them in more detail, and get quotations. Should you wish 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 and report to identify the asbestos present and to outline the best way to remove it safely. There are 2 types of survey:
Management Asbestos Survey and Report:
When you commission this type of survey only easily accessible parts of the building are inspected. The surveyor can either take samples of suspect materials for analysis or make a presumption that asbestos is present. It is generally recommended that samples are taken as this will avoid uncertainty and prevent unnecessary concern. This survey will not identify any hidden materials e.g. those within cavities, voids and floor spaces.These generally do not present a hazard unless building works take place.
Demolition / Refurbishment Asbestos Survey and Report:
This survey is appropriate before building work, demolition or partial demolition takes place. The surveyor will identify ALL materials that contain asbestos so that they can either be avoided or safely removed before the work starts. This survey will result in significant damage as it is necessary to search all areas for hidden asbestos materials. Typically, holes will have to be formed 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 packers.
Completing the form above will instantly provide you with a list of people who can provide asbestos surveys.You wil l see their contact details and their qualifications to help you make a choice and you can then call them directly and discuss you requirements in more detail.
The removal of asbestos from a building is a very complex and costly process.It should only be carried out by a licensed contractor who will ensure that it is done safely and that the asbestos is 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.
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
Most people know what a corrugated asbestos cement sheet roof looks like but very few home owners realise that asbestos can also be found in quite a diverse range of relatively common building products. Some of these are as follows:
Asbestos roofing material.
Asbestos wall panels.
Some sound proofing wall panels
Asbestos ceiling panels.
Some insulation materials used in ceilings.
Some acoustic ceiling tiles.
Asbestos fire blankets.
Some soffit panels (located under the eaves).
Some felt roof lining materials.
Some insulation materials used to lag hot pipes, boilers and hot water cylinders.
Some vinyl floor tiles.
Some “Artex” type textured coatings to walls and ceilings.
Some insulation used in night storage heaters.
Some artificial coals, logs and products used in fireplaces.
It is not possible to be sure that asbestos is present in a material without analysis as the fibres can be too small to be visible to the naked eye and can 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.
It is quite possible 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.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 requires that owners of all commercial premises and the owners of communal domestic premises must produce a plan for the management of asbestos in their property. Health and safety authorities could ask to see the plan and it may also 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.
At this point in time there is no UK legislation covering requirements for private home owners 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 wise for a purchaser to consider the possible presence of asbestos before agreeing to buy 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). While this legislation does not mention asbestos by name, it is sometimes used when asbestos has deteriorated and landlords are required to take action or tenants seek compensation from them for damage to their health.
More information about asbestos surveys can be found in the HSE document; Asbestos: The Survey Guide.
The Health and Safety Executive website has some useful information on 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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