Asbestos insulating board (sometimes called Asbestos Insulation Board or AIB) was manufactured using asbestos minerals including Amosite, Chrysotile and Crocidolite. It was used in a number of building applications due to its excellent thermal properties.
Due to it’s hazardous nature, Asbestos Insulating Board removal must usually be carried out by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. When AIB is removed it can release hundreds of dangerous asbestos fibres into the surrounding atmosphere. These fibres are hazardous to human health and may result in lung diseases being developed in later life. As a result of the risks to health, the Health and Safety Executive have designated the removal of AIB as a regulated activity.
Asbestos Insulation Board is an asbestos containing material (ACM) which has been used for decades for a number of different applications such as sound insulation, heat insulation and fireproofing. AIB was used in ceiling tiles, boarding below window fittings, partition/temporary walls and the linings of lift shafts.
AIB is a hazardous material which is easily crumbled (friable), meaning that the asbestos fibres are easily released into the environment. Asbestos fibers are hazardous to human health and known to cause lung diseases including mesothelioma and asbestosis. AIB has been marketed in the past as ‘Asbestolux’ and ‘Supalux’. It is therefore vital that AIB removal takes place under controlled conditions by a professional.
AIB is known to have been topped with virmiculite to increase insulation. See vermiculite asbestos removal for further information.
Other than a few exceptions, Asbestos Insulating Board Removal normally takes place under fully controlled conditions and will be required to be notified to the Health & Safety Executive. An asbestos enclosure is constructed with removal taking place in a negative pressure environment (an area where the air is filtered). Using correct decontamination procedures is vital as it all asbestos removal Operatives wearing respirators. Specially trained Operatives then remove the asbestos using HSE approved techniques.
Once AIB removal has taken place, the area is fully decontaminated and air tests are carried out to ensure that the area is free of contamination. AIB waste is then transported to one of the UK’s authorised asbestos waste centers.
The Health and Safety Executive says:
“Asbestos Insulating Board is too dangerous for you to work on. In the majority of cases only a licensed asbestos contractor must carry out these jobs – this is known as licensed asbestos work”
The cost of asbestos insulating board removal will depend on a number of factors including the amount to be removed, the type of product, access to the site, the number of enclosures required and the number of trained Operatives. For more information, please contact us.
No, unless you are a domestic user removing less than 1sqm of AIB from a small area or will be working for a very limited time. Otherwise you must employ a Licensed Asbestos Contractor to remove the material especially if the Asbestos Insulating Board is badly damaged. Even in domestic situations or a short-term basis, removing AIB yourself without the correct precautions in place can put the health of you and those around you at risk.