Non Licensed Asbestos Removal
How Can Specialist Remediation Solutions Help?
At Specialist Remediation Solutions, we are committed to providing safe, efficient, and effective non licensed asbestos removals for our clients. Our team of experts has the knowledge, skills, and experience to handle all aspects of the non licensed asbestos removal process, from initial assessment and testing to safe and effective removal and disposal.
We use only the best equipment, materials, and techniques to ensure that our services are efficient, effective, and safe for all involved. Our team will work closely with you to understand your needs and develop a customised solution that meets your specific requirements.
How Is Non Licensed Asbestos Removal Undertaken?
Non licensed asbestos removal is a process that involves the safe and effective removal of asbestos-containing materials by professionals who are not required to hold a license from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The process typically involves the following steps:
- Assessment: As a professional non licensed asbestos removal company we will conduct a thorough assessment of the area to be cleared to identify any asbestos-containing materials.
- Preparation: The area around the asbestos-containing materials will be sealed off to prevent the spread of asbestos fibres.
- Removal: The asbestos-containing materials will be removed using specialised equipment and techniques, such as using fibre suppressants to keep fibre levels down, shadow vacuuming, careful handling and placing the materials in designated, labelled asbestos waste bags for disposal.
- Disposal: The asbestos-containing materials will be carefully disposed of in accordance with regulations, which typically involves transporting them to a licensed waste disposal site.
It’s important to note that non licensed asbestos removal can only be carried out on certain types of asbestos-containing materials, such as low-risk materials like asbestos cement. Higher-risk materials, such as asbestos insulation or sprayed coatings, require a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Specialist Remediation Solutions currently hold a full HSE license to work with and remove all types of asbestos containing materials.
Additionally, non-licensed asbestos removal work must be carried out in accordance with strict regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of workers and the public. It’s recommended to always hire a professional asbestos removal company to ensure safe and effective asbestos removal. If you’re unsure we can help and advise you.
What Non Licensed Asbestos Products Do We Removal?
The most common asbestos materials we remove as part of a non licensed asbestos removal project include:
Asbestos cement sheets, asbestos cement pipes, flues, gutters and downpipes, asbestos vinyl tiles, linos and floor coverings, asbestos toilet cisterns, asbestos textured coatings, mastics, bitumens and adhesives.
Non Licensed Asbestos Removal – Frequently Asked Questions
Below we’ve outlined some commonly asked questions about Non Licensed Asbestos Removal. Still got a question, contact us and request a call back from one of our non licensed asbestos removal experts.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral, known for its heat resistance, strength, and insulating properties, which was widely used in construction materials in the UK until 1999.
However, when disturbed, its fibres can become airborne and cause serious health issues when inhaled.
Asbestos can be commonly found in various building materials, particularly in structures built before the late 1990s. Some common locations where asbestos may be present in buildings include:
- Insulation: Asbestos was often used as an insulating material in walls, attics, and around pipes or boilers.
- Roofing and siding: Asbestos cement sheets or tiles were used in roofing and siding materials due to their durability and fire resistance.
- Flooring: Vinyl floor tiles, linoleum, and the adhesives used to secure them often contained asbestos.
- Ceiling tiles: Asbestos was used in some acoustic ceiling tiles and suspended ceiling systems.
- Textured coatings: Asbestos was used in some textured coatings, like Artex, applied to walls and ceilings for decorative purposes.
- Pipe and duct lagging: Asbestos was used to insulate pipes, ducts, and heating systems due to its heat resistance.
- Gaskets and seals: Asbestos was used in gaskets and seals for furnaces, boilers, and other high-temperature equipment.
- Cement products: Asbestos was mixed with cement to create products like pipes, gutters, and water tanks.
- Electrical insulation: Asbestos was used in some electrical insulation materials due to its heat resistance and insulating properties.
It’s important to note that asbestos-containing materials do not pose a risk if they are in good condition and not disturbed. However, if these materials are damaged or disturbed during renovation or demolition, asbestos fibres can be released into the air, posing a health risk.
While it is technically possible for homeowners to remove asbestos themselves, it is strongly discouraged due to the significant health risks associated with asbestos exposure. Asbestos removal requires specialised knowledge, equipment, and safety precautions to minimize the release of hazardous fibres into the air and prevent contamination.
Professional asbestos removal companies are trained to handle asbestos-containing materials safely, adhere to strict regulations, and follow proper disposal procedures. They use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), employ techniques to minimize dust release, and seal off the work area to prevent contamination.
If you suspect your property contains asbestos, it is highly recommended to consult a professional asbestos removal company to ensure the safe and effective handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials.
In the UK, the primary regulations governing asbestos removal are the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. These regulations are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and outline specific requirements and procedures for working with asbestos-containing materials. Key aspects of the regulations include:
- Identification and assessment: Property owners and employers have a legal responsibility to identify and assess the presence of asbestos in their buildings. This is usually done through an asbestos survey conducted by a competent professional.
- Management and control: If asbestos-containing materials are found, a proper management plan must be in place to ensure the safety of workers and occupants. This includes maintaining the materials in good condition and providing adequate training and information to employees.
- Licensing: Asbestos removal work involving high-risk materials, such as asbestos insulation or sprayed coatings, must be carried out by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Non-licensed asbestos removal work can be done for specific low-risk materials, but it still needs to follow strict guidelines.
- Training: Anyone who works with or may come into contact with asbestos-containing materials must receive appropriate asbestos awareness training. This includes both licensed and non-licensed asbestos removal workers.
- Notification: For certain types of asbestos work, the HSE must be notified before the work begins. This allows the HSE to monitor and enforce compliance with regulations.
- Use of personal protective equipment (PPE): Workers involved in asbestos removal must wear appropriate PPE, including respiratory protection, to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure.
- Waste disposal: Asbestos waste must be handled and disposed of according to specific guidelines, usually involving the use of sealed and labelled bags or containers and transportation to a licensed waste disposal site.
- Air monitoring and clearance testing: For some asbestos removal work, air monitoring and clearance testing may be required to ensure that asbestos fibre concentrations have been reduced to safe levels before the area is reoccupied.
It is crucial to comply with these regulations to ensure the safe and effective removal of asbestos-containing materials and protect the health of workers and the public. Failure to comply can result in legal and financial penalties.
The duration of the asbestos removal process can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as:
- The size and complexity of the project: Larger projects or those with complex structures and multiple areas containing asbestos will generally take longer to complete.
- The type and condition of asbestos containing materials: Some materials, like asbestos insulation or sprayed coatings, require more time and specialized techniques for safe removal compared to materials like asbestos cement sheets or floor tiles.
- Access and work area preparation: Preparing the work area, sealing it off, and setting up proper containment measures can take a significant amount of time, especially in challenging or restricted-access locations.
- Legal requirements and notifications: Depending on the project, certain notifications may need to be made to regulatory bodies, which may include waiting periods before work can begin.
- Post-removal cleanup and air testing: After the asbestos-containing materials have been removed, the area must be thoroughly cleaned, and in some cases, air testing may be required to ensure that asbestos fibre concentrations have been reduced to safe levels.
Considering these factors, asbestos removal can take anywhere from a few days for small projects with limited materials to several weeks or even months for large-scale or complex projects. It is essential to work with a professional asbestos removal company that can provide a clear timeline and keep you informed about the progress of the project.
If you suspect there is asbestos in your property, it’s essential to follow these steps to ensure the safety of occupants and minimise potential health risks:
- Don’t disturb the material: Avoid touching, drilling, cutting, or breaking any materials that you suspect may contain asbestos. Asbestos is hazardous when fibres are released into the air due to disturbance or damage.
- Check the construction date: If your property was built before the year 2000, there is a higher likelihood of asbestos-containing materials being present.
- Consult building records: Review your property’s building records, if available, to gather information about the materials used during construction or previous renovations.
- Hire a professional asbestos surveyor: Engage a qualified UKAS-accredited asbestos surveyor to conduct a thorough inspection of your property. They have the expertise to identify asbestos-containing materials and collect samples for testing.
- Laboratory testing: The collected samples will be sent to an accredited laboratory for testing to determine if asbestos is present in the materials.
- Develop an asbestos management plan: If asbestos is found in your property, work with a professional to develop an asbestos management plan. The plan should include regular inspections, maintenance of materials in good condition, and appropriate steps to manage any risks associated with asbestos-containing materials.
- Removal or encapsulation: If the asbestos-containing materials are damaged or pose a risk, consult a professional asbestos removal company to safely remove or encapsulate the materials, following all relevant regulations and guidelines.
- Inform occupants and workers: Ensure that all occupants and workers are aware of the presence of asbestos-containing materials and the proper precautions to take to avoid disturbing them.
Remember, asbestos-containing materials are not dangerous unless they are damaged or disturbed. Proper identification, management, and professional assistance are essential in ensuring the safety of your property’s occupants.
f you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, it’s important to remain calm and take the following steps:
- Leave the area: Immediately move away from the source of asbestos exposure to prevent further inhalation of asbestos fibres.
- Remove contaminated clothing: Carefully take off any clothing that may have been contaminated with asbestos fibres and place them in a sealed plastic bag for proper disposal. Avoid shaking the clothes to prevent releasing more fibres into the air.
- Wash your skin and hair: Thoroughly shower and wash your hair to remove any asbestos fibres that may have settled on your body.
- Notify the property owner or manager: Inform the property owner or manager about the suspected asbestos exposure so that they can take appropriate action to address the issue, such as arranging for an asbestos survey or removal.
- Consult a medical professional: Although short-term or one-time asbestos exposure does not guarantee the development of asbestos-related diseases, it is still essential to inform your doctor about the exposure. They can provide guidance on any necessary health monitoring, and the information will be documented in your medical records for future reference.
- Keep records: Document the details of your asbestos exposure, including the date, location, duration, and any symptoms you may have experienced. These records could be helpful if health issues related to asbestos exposure arise later in life.
Remember that asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, typically have a long latency period and may take years or even decades to develop. While there is no immediate treatment for asbestos exposure, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying vigilant about your health, and having regular check-ups with your doctor can help detect and manage any potential health issues that may arise in the future.
Asbestos exposure can pose several serious health risks, primarily affecting the respiratory system and lungs. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can become lodged in lung tissue, causing inflammation and scarring over time. The primary health risks associated with asbestos exposure include:
- Asbestosis: This is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibres, leading to scarring and thickening of the lung tissue. Asbestosis can cause shortness of breath, persistent cough, and chest pain, and may eventually lead to respiratory failure.
- Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It is directly linked to asbestos exposure, and its symptoms may take decades to develop. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, and unexplained weight loss.
- Lung cancer: Asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing lung cancer, particularly among individuals who smoke. Symptoms of lung cancer can include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and unexplained weight loss.
- Pleural plaques and pleural thickening: Asbestos exposure can cause pleural plaques, which are thickened areas on the lining of the lungs (pleura). While pleural plaques do not usually cause symptoms, they can be an indicator of past asbestos exposure. In some cases, asbestos exposure can also cause pleural thickening, which may lead to shortness of breath and chest discomfort.
- Pleural effusion: Asbestos exposure can sometimes cause a build-up of fluid between the layers of the pleura, known as a pleural effusion. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing.
It’s essential to note that the health risks associated with asbestos exposure typically develop over a long period, often taking several decades to manifest. The risk of developing these conditions increases with the duration and intensity of asbestos exposure.
It can be challenging to determine if your property contains asbestos just by looking at the materials. The most reliable way to identify the presence of asbestos in your property is to follow these steps:
- Check the construction date: Properties built before the year 2000 are more likely to contain asbestos-containing materials.
- Look for suspect materials: Familiarise yourself with common asbestos-containing materials such as insulation, roofing, siding, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and pipe lagging. If you find materials that resemble these in your property, they may contain asbestos.
- Consult building records or previous owners: If available, review your property’s building records or speak with previous owners to gather information about any asbestos-containing materials used during construction or renovations.
- Hire a professional asbestos surveyor: To be certain about the presence of asbestos, engage a professional asbestos surveyor to conduct a thorough inspection of your property. They have the expertise to identify asbestos-containing materials and collect samples for testing.
- Laboratory testing: The collected samples will be sent to a UKAS accredited laboratory for testing, where they will be analysed using specialised techniques like polarised light microscopy (PLM) to determine the presence of asbestos.
Remember, asbestos-containing materials are not dangerous unless they are damaged or disturbed, releasing fibres into the air. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your property, it’s crucial to have it professionally assessed and managed to minimise potential health risks.
In the UK, it is not illegal for homeowners to remove asbestos themselves, but it is not recommended due to the health risks associated with asbestos exposure and the complexity of the removal process. Additionally, non-licensed asbestos removal can only be carried out on specific types of asbestos-containing materials, such as low-risk materials like asbestos cement.
If you decide to remove asbestos yourself, it is essential to follow the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines and adhere to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. You must take all necessary precautions, including wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), using the right tools and techniques, and disposing of asbestos waste correctly.
However, it is highly recommended to hire a professional asbestos removal company to ensure the safe and effective removal of asbestos-containing materials. Licensed asbestos removal contractors are trained in handling high-risk materials and have the necessary expertise to adhere to strict regulations and guidelines.
Non licensed asbestos removal refers to the removal of specific types of asbestos containing materials that pose a lower risk compared to those requiring a licensed contractor.
In the UK, non licensed asbestos removal is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Materials that typically fall under non-licensed asbestos removal include:
- Asbestos cement products, such as roofing sheets, pipes, and gutters.
- Textured coatings containing asbestos, like Artex.
- Asbestos floor tiles, linoleum, and adhesives.
- Certain types of asbestos-containing gaskets and seals.
While non-licensed asbestos removal poses a lower risk than licensed work, it still requires strict adherence to safety guidelines and procedures. Workers must receive appropriate non licensed asbestos training, use personal protective equipment (PPE), and follow proper work methods to minimise the release of asbestos fibres.
In addition to the above, non-licensed asbestos removal work may also be classified as notifiable non licensed work (NNLW) if the material is in a deteriorated state or the work duration exceeds a specific threshold. In such cases, the HSE must be notified before the work commences.
Despite being classified as non-licensed, it is still recommended to hire a professional asbestos removal company experienced in handling asbestos containing materials, ensuring the safe and effective removal and disposal of asbestos.
The cost of asbestos removal can vary widely depending on several factors, including:
- The type and amount of asbestos containing materials: Some materials, like asbestos insulation or sprayed coatings, are more difficult and time-consuming to remove compared to materials like asbestos cement sheets or floor tiles. The greater the amount of asbestos-containing material, the higher the cost.
- The size and complexity of the project: Larger or more complex projects, with multiple areas containing asbestos, will generally be more expensive than smaller, simpler jobs.
- The condition of the asbestos-containing materials: If the materials are in a deteriorated or damaged state, additional precautions and containment measures may be necessary, increasing the cost of the project.
- Access and work area preparation: Difficult-to-reach areas or those requiring extensive preparation and containment measures can increase the cost of the project.
- Location and disposal fees: The cost of asbestos removal can also be influenced by the geographic location of the property and the local fees for disposing of asbestos-containing waste at a licensed disposal facility.
Given these variables, it is challenging to provide an accurate cost estimate for asbestos removal without assessing the specific project. Asbestos removal costs can range from a few hundred pounds for small jobs involving low-risk materials to several thousand pounds for large-scale or complex projects involving high-risk materials.
To ensure that asbestos removal is done safely, follow these steps:
Hire a professional asbestos removal company: Engage a reputable and experienced asbestos removal company that has the necessary expertise, equipment, and certifications to handle the job safely and in compliance with regulations.
Verify credentials: Check the company’s credentials, such as licenses, certifications, and insurance coverage, to ensure they are qualified and capable of handling asbestos-containing materials safely.
Obtain a written plan: Request a detailed written plan outlining the asbestos removal process, including containment measures, work procedures, and waste disposal methods. This plan should also include information on any necessary permits or notifications required by local authorities.
Ensure proper containment: The work area should be sealed off and isolated from the rest of the property to prevent cross-contamination. This may include the use of plastic sheeting, negative air pressure machines, and airlocks to contain airborne asbestos fibres.
Use of personal protective equipment (PPE): Make sure that the asbestos removal workers wear appropriate PPE, such as disposable coveralls, gloves, and respiratory protection, to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure.
Follow safe work practices: The asbestos removal company should follow established safe work practices, including wetting asbestos-containing materials to reduce dust release, using specialized tools, and avoiding practices that may generate excessive dust.
Air monitoring and clearance testing: Depending on the type of asbestos work, air monitoring and clearance testing may be necessary to ensure that asbestos fibre concentrations have been reduced to safe levels before the area is reoccupied.
Proper waste disposal: Confirm that the asbestos removal company follows strict guidelines for the handling, transport, and disposal of asbestos waste at a licensed waste disposal facility.
Obtain documentation: Upon completion of the project, ask for documentation confirming the safe removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials, as well as the results of any air monitoring or clearance testing performed.
By following these steps, you can help ensure that asbestos removal is conducted safely, minimising the risk to workers, occupants, and the environment.
The primary difference between non-licensed and licensed asbestos removal lies in the type of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) involved and the associated risks of working with those materials. In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) categorizes asbestos removal work based on these factors under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Non-licensed asbestos removal: This category includes work involving low-risk ACMs that are less likely to release significant amounts of asbestos fibres when disturbed. Examples of non-licensed asbestos removal work include:
- Asbestos cement products, such as roofing sheets, pipes, and gutters.
- Textured coatings containing asbestos, like Artex.
- Asbestos-containing floor tiles, linoleum, and adhesives.
- Certain types of asbestos-containing gaskets and seals.
While non-licensed work carries a lower risk, it still requires workers to follow strict safety guidelines, receive appropriate asbestos awareness training, and use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure.
Licensed asbestos removal: This category involves work with high-risk ACMs that are more likely to release significant amounts of asbestos fibres when disturbed. Licensed asbestos removal requires a contractor with a specialized license issued by the HSE. Examples of licensed asbestos removal work include:
- Asbestos insulation and asbestos insulating board (AIB).
- Sprayed asbestos coatings.
- Loose asbestos-containing materials, such as insulation or lagging.
Licensed asbestos removal work has more stringent safety requirements, including extensive worker training, specialized equipment, and more comprehensive containment and control measures to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure.
In summary, the primary difference between non-licensed and licensed asbestos removal is the type of ACMs involved and the associated risks, which dictate the level of precautions, training, and licensing required for the work.