What is asbestos removal?
Asbestos removal is the removing of any asbestos-containing materials such as sprayed asbestos coatings, asbestos insulation or asbestos lagging from a building.
The objective of asbestos removal is to eliminate the risk presented from asbestos fibres through removal of the asbestos containing materials (ACM). ACMs come in many forms and typically include boards, insulations and coatings.
The ACMs will often have been installed to take advantage of its heat resisting qualities and its removal needs to be very carefully considered. If it is decided that an ACM can be removed, then consideration may need to be given to reinstatement using a non-asbestos alternative.
An example of this would be as asbestos ceiling that is in good condition, but it has become necessary to gain access to the ceiling void. It may be decided to remove the ceiling and replace it with a non-asbestos ceiling so that future access is possible without risk from asbestos fibres.
Alternatively, removal of the asbestos may be the only option available due to the poor condition of the ACMs. An example of this would be asbestos dust or debris.
Why is asbestos removal important?
If ACMs remain undisturbed, they pose little risk. If the ACM is damaged or disturbed, then the microscopic asbestos fibres are released into the air and are at risk of being breathed in. When the fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious diseases.
These diseases often develop over a long period of time and once diagnosed it is often too late for effective treatment to cure the disease. Asbestos related diseases include Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening.
It is important that you protect yourself and reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos. When removal of the asbestos is considered necessary Decontaminate can undertake this for you.
How to remove asbestos?
Extreme care must be taken when removing asbestos ensuring that the necessary steps are taken to reduce exposure to asbestos fibres and minimise the potential for the spread of asbestos fibres.
The removal of asbestos is governed through strict regulation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Failure to adhere to these regulations could result in prosecution under Health and Safety regulations.
Why choose Decontaminate?
Decontaminate are vastly experienced in the removal of asbestos, with our management team boasting over 100 years of experience between them. Our staff are continuously trained, and we have an exemplary safety record.
We have developed an enviable reputation for the quality and standard of our work which has been delivered in many sensitive environments. With Decontaminate you can guarantee that your asbestos removal project will be carried out safely and to the highest possible standard.
How does it work with Decontaminate?
We work in all sectors (see Recent Projects) from social housing, through retail, aviation and onto industrial. Enquiries for asbestos removal or abatement can vary considerably in detail and our team will take time to discuss and understand the requirements of each enquiry. An asbestos survey will be carried out to ensure that the site conditions are fully appreciated, and the clients brief is understood.
A quotation will be prepared or a tender submitted that sets out clearly what we will do and how much it will cost.
Following a full assessment and the preparation of a Plan of Work, the removal of the ACMs will take place either inside a sealed enclosure or in a segregated safe working zone.
Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn by those undertaking the work. Wherever possible, the ACM’s will be removed whole without breakage before being wrapped in polythene and disposed of at a licensed waste facility.
The work will be diligently undertaken by our skilled and trained teams ensuring full compliance with current legislation and best practice before returning the site to you in a safe condition.