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Licensed Asbestos Removal

What is Licensed Asbestos Removal?

Licensed Asbestos Removal

Licensed Asbestos Removal is an activity regulated by the Health & Safety Executive

Licensed Asbestos Removal is the removal of asbestos containing materials carried out by a company or person who holds a specialist licensed awarded by the Health & Safety Executive. It is necessary for the removal of certain types of asbestos containing material (ACM) which are known to be particularly hazardous to human health, including asbestos insulating board and sprayed thermal coatings (sometimes calls limpet or flock).

There are some types of asbestos which can be removed without a licence, although you should never remove asbestos without being completely certain that you are doing so in a safe manner.

Licensed asbestos removal works take place under controlled conditions in a negative pressure environment. Removal operatives are trained individuals who wear specialist respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and personal protective equipment (PPE). It is also vital that proper Risk Assessments and Method Statements are observed and produced where required.


Who can carry out Licensed Asbestos Removal?

Only a company or person who holds a current licence may carry out licensed asbestos removals. It is a legal requirement to submit an application to the Health & Safety Executive a minimum of 14 days prior to any licensed works commencing.


What happens if I remove these types of asbestos without a licence?

There are large penalties for carrying out licensed asbestos removal without a valid licence, as per the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR). Depending on the circumstances you may face a fine and/or custodial sentence.


I think a company removed asbestos without a licence. What should I do?

If you are concerned that a company or person has removed asbestos without a licence you should contact the Health & Safety Executive online.


How much does licensed asbestos cost?

The cost of removing asbestos varies on a number of factors including the type, amount and location. If you require any further information regarding licensed asbestos removal work for a building your own, lease or are looking to purchase, please call us on 01206 23 33 53 or send us an email.