INFORMATION SHEET - REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS FROM BUILDINGS PRIOR TO DEMOLITION

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in GB from the 1950s through to the mid 1980s. Although some of this material has been removed over the years, there are many thousands of tonnes of asbestos still present in buildings. It is estimated that over half a million non-domestic premises currently have some form of asbestos in them.

You are most likely to come across asbestos in these materials:

· sprayed asbestos and asbestos loose packing - generally used as fire breaks in ceiling voids;

sprayed asbestos and asbestos loose packing - generally used as fire breaks in ceiling voids;

· moulded or preformed lagging - generally used in thermal insulation of pipes and boilers;

moulded or preformed lagging - generally used in thermal insulation of pipes and boilers;

· sprayed asbestos - generally used as fire protection in ducts,

sprayed asbestos - generally used as fire protection in ducts,

· firebreaks, panels, partitions, soffit boards, ceiling panels and around structural steel work;

firebreaks, panels, partitions, soffit boards, ceiling panels and around structural steel work;

· insulating boards used for fire protection, thermal insulation, partitioning and ducts;

insulating boards used for fire protection, thermal insulation, partitioning and ducts;

· some ceiling tiles;

some ceiling tiles;

· millboard, paper and paper products used for insulation of electrical equipment. Asbestos paper has also been used as a fire-proof facing on wood fibreboard;

millboard, paper and paper products used for insulation of electrical equipment. Asbestos paper has also been used as a fire-proof facing on wood fibreboard;· asbestos cement products, which can be fully or semi-compressed into flat or corrugated sheets. Corrugated sheets are largely used as roofing and wall cladding.

Other asbestos cement products include gutters, rainwater pipes and water tanks;

· certain textured coatings;

certain textured coatings;

· bitumen roofing material; and

bitumen roofing material; and· vinyl or thermoplastic floor tiles.

But asbestos has been used in all sorts of places and you cannot assume the buildings are free of it.

Prior to demolition you have a legal obligation to ensure that all the buildings involved are free from asbestos containing materials.

1.
You must have an asbestos survey, unless you already have the documentation listed in 3 below. The survey must be a Type 3 full access sampling and identification survey. You should confirm that the individual or organisation chosen have adequate relevant training, experience, and a quality management system and are competent and able to carry out the survey in accordance with MDHS 100, "Surveying, sampling and assessment of asbestos containing materials". To assess the organisation/individual you can check that they are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, (UKAS, 21-47, High St, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4UN, tel No 020-8917-8400;www.ukas.com).2. Following the survey all asbestos containing materials identified should be removed in accordance with The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002.

a. Asbestos Cement Sheet materials can be removed by non-licensed contractors, but should be done in accordance with the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, L27 (ISBN 0 7176 2562 1), entitled “Work with asbestos which does not normally require a licence”

b. Most other asbestos materials must be removed by a contractor licensed by the Health and Safety Executive in accordance with the Approved Code of Practice and Guidance, L28, “Work with asbestos insulation, asbestos coating and asbestos insulating board". The licensed contractor will be required to provide notification to the HSE or the local enforcing authority in writing at least 14 days before commencing work.

3. After the removal of all asbestos containing material the premises must be assessed to determine whether they are thoroughly clean and a site clearance certification.

the premises must be assessed to determine whether they are thoroughly clean and a site clearance certification.
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