If you’ve had an asbestos survey undertaken that has shown that asbestos is present on your premises, the next step in risk minimisation is obviously to manage the problem effectively. In many circumstances it’s possible to render the asbestos safe simply by encapsulating it; an affordable alternative where demolition or extensive renovations aren’t essential. Where removal is unavoidable, many people are keen to save money by undertaking part or all of the work themselves. If you’re considering this option, here are three things to be aware of before you commence the project.
It could be illegal
Putting workers at risk of inhaling asbestos fibres is illegal. Whilst undisturbed asbestos is normally low risk, any type of movement, cracking or splitting can release those toxic fibres into the atmosphere. If your workers aren’t fully trained in asbestos removal, with access to the legally required protective clothing and equipment, then you could be breaking the law. Is it really worth risking the health of other people and a significant fine simply in order to save a few quid?
It’s not just a case of getting the asbestos off site, disposing of it also presents significant issues. Special precautions have to be taken both in transporting it and finally disposing of it; there are a number of cases where contractors have been prosecuted for trying to pass off asbestos waste as harmless general construction debris. Using a professional firm ensures that your asbestos will be disposed of safely and responsibly.
There is an obligation for contractors to report asbestos removal works to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) or other appropriate body. If you’re not sure what this process entails or how to meet the required standards, then using a professional agency to get the work done is vital.
Asbestos is a dangerous material with a proven track record of causing chronic illness and premature death amongst people who have been exposed to it. Using a professional, experienced asbestos removal and disposal firm ensures the job gets done quickly, expertly and properly for far less than you might imagine.