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 (AIB) 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. It’s illegal for any individual or organisation to remove notifiable asbestos products such as AIB without the correct licence and can result in a heavy fine and/or imprisonment.
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.
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) including full-face masks with air filtration system. Removal Operative also have to undergo regular training and medicals. It is also vital that proper Risk Assessments and Method Statements are observed and produced to ensure that the process for removing the ACM and disposing of it is correctly followed throughout the elimination process.
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.
Additionally, removing asbestos without the correct training may result is health problems for you and those around you. Don’t risk it.
If you are concerned that a company or person has removed asbestos without a licence you should contact the Health & Safety Executive online. You may also wish to contact the Environment Agency by calling 03708 506 506.
The cost of removing asbestos varies on a number of factors including the type, amount and location. It also depends on how long the process will take and the number of operatives required.