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Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal is the process of safely removing asbestos in accordance with Health & Safety Executive Regulations and Guidelines. As a licensed asbestos contractor, AAS Ltd have the skills and expertise to ensure that any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are removed in a safe and correct manner. This includes undertaking licensed and non-licensed asbestos work.

Professional works may be required in any building constructed between 1930 and 1999 as asbestos was widely used in building construction during these year. Some types of asbestos (such as asbestos insulation board and flock) are extremely hazardous to health and the dismantling and removal of asbestos containing products should only be carried out by a licensed, professional company.

Asbestos RemovalOver time many products containing asbestos degrade, releasing hazardous fibres into the surrounding atmosphere. This can cause cancer and lung disease in later life if inhaled.

Asbestos containing waste must be disposed of correctly by a licensed waste carrier and should never be placed in domestic waste. It’s not always easy to spot hidden asbestos in areas that you don’t realise, and as asbestos ages it may degrade into more friable asbestos. The transportation and disposal of asbestos containing materials and is also a regulated activity, so it’s important you employ the services of a removal company with the correct accreditation and licenses.

 

Is asbestos removal still necessary?

Yes, very much so. Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are still found across the UK in all manner of places in domestic, educational, health, public and commercial premises as some products were used right up to November 1999. Removal of ACMs is still a widespread issue wound the UK.

Demolition and asbestos removal often go hand-in-hand, especially where redevelopment or total demolition is taking place.

 

Types of asbestos products removed

AAS Ltd remove a full range of asbestos products including:

  • asbestos cement (Chrysoltile)
  • decorative wall coatings (such as Artex)
  • Asbestos Insulting Board (AIB)
  • Flocks, ropes and limpet
  • Roofing products
  • Insulation products (including the removal of Vermiculite and cladding)
  • asbestos containing building materials
  • Waste and fresh water goods (such as asbestos water tanks and toilet cisterns)
  • Floor tiles
  • Boilers
  • HVAC and heating materials containing asbestos such as flues and warm air heating systems
  • Land Remediation (removal of contaminated soil, usually from brownbelt land)

 

It’s important to chose a renowned and trusted company

Absolute Asbestos Solutions Ltd provides can assure you that the services, products and people we provide are accredited for safety and quality and experts in minimising environmental impact. That includes ensuring that you, your family, your staff or contractors are protected.

We treat every contract on an individual basis and you can rest assured of our attention to details throughout. From large scale contracts to minor household asbestos elimination we have the expertise to advise on project.

With so many companies offering asbestos removal services it can be a minefield choosing a reliable company. That’s why we’re fully licensed by the Health and Safety Executive and also carry the BSI ISO:9001 kitemark.

 

Skilled and trusted professional are vital

An example of a custom built enclosure used for the removal of Notifiable asbestos products

With a highly experienced, multi-skilled workforce and access to high-performance specialist plant such as high-reach excavators and hydraulic platforms, no project is beyond our scope.

Our experience and extensive knowledge of asbestos removal enables us to offer a rapid and effective response should previously hidden asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) or other hazardous or regulated materials become evident in the course of a project. All Operatives employed by us are trained to a very high standard and all hold current Asbestos Operative or Supervisor Training Certificates.

In addition, our Managerial Staff carry out annual Asbestos Managers training and our Surveyors holds the relevant P402 Certification. A good quality asbestos contractor will be happy to provide you with copies of staff training certificates and medicals and will ensure that all Operatives have had regular training and retraining; whilst also ensuring a reliable service to keep your project on track.

 

Notifiable and Non-Notifiable services provided

As a licensed asbestos contractor we are able to carry out both notifiable and non-notifiable asbestos products.

Notifiable asbestos products are those which can only be removed with prior notification to the Health & Safety Executive, usually 14 days prior to works commencing (there are some exceptions to this rule). These products include Asbestos Insulating Board and limpet. View a copy of our asbestos licence.

Non-notifiable products are those which can be removed without notifying the Health & Safety Executive such as asbestos cement.

 

Removing ACM’sisn’t always necessary

It’s not always necessary to remove asbestos containing materials. Sometimes it may be most cost effective and safer to carry out asbestos encapsulation or to manage asbestos in situ. Asbestos encapsulation can be carried out instead of removal using specialist paints and materials to create a barrier to the outside atmosphere.

 

How much does it cost?

The cost for removing asbestos usually depends on three main factors: the type of asbestos, the time it will take to remove the asbestos and the amount of waste which will be produced. It may also depend on the condition of the asbestos and whether it has been damaged. Whilst we are usually able to provide a quotation for the removal of common materials it may be necessary for us to visit the premises to carry out a more detailed inspection. Domestic customers can visit our cost of asbestos removal page for a guide. Commercial customers should contact us to discuss their requirements.

Always be aware of hiring the cheapest asbestos removal company and ensure that the organisation has experience and good customer feedback. You should also ensure that you received a waste consignment note for any asbestos waste removed from your property. Don’t employ a company which is not licensed to carry waste as you could end up being responsible if the waste is illegally dumped or transferred.

 

I think I might be at risk of exposure to asbestos, what should I do?

The most important thing is not to attempt to remove the asbestos yourself without knowing exactly what you’re dealing with and you definitely shouldn’t attempt a DIY removal without first having the material identified. This is because you may release dangerous asbestos fibres into the surrounding atmosphere.

It’s vital that you obtain the advice of a professional company if you have any doubt about removing the asbestos as failure to adhere to correct management techniques can put you and those around you at risk. Attempting DIY removal may also end up costing you more in the long run, especially if you contaminate other rooms, carpets, clothing and sleeping areas.

 

I’ve been told my local council will carry out asbestos removal, is this true?

No local authority carries out the special task of asbestos removal as the equipment and time it takes can be costly and the employees required need to be skilled. Whilst some may collect small amounts of asbestos waste they will only collect bonded materials such as asbestos cement and most charge for this service. If a local authority needs asbestos removed they will contact a licensed contractor.

 

Emergency Asbestos Removal

Although there are strict methods and timescales for the removal of offending materials, there are occasions when emergency asbestos removal may be able to take place. Such examples apply when there is a risk to health or public safety. Please contact us for more detailed information.

 

Summary

The process of removing asbestos can be confusing, especially to those with no prior experience of the processes involved. AAS Ltd pride ourselves on providing accurate advice. For more information regarding our range of services call our specialist team.

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