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How to deal with asbestos materials

The type and condition of the ACM will dictate how it should be treated. If asbestos is in good condition and is unlikely to be disturbed, then it is safe to leave it in place and carry out periodical inspections. ACMs that are damaged can either be encapsulated (sealed) or removed. White asbestos is classed as low risk and can be dealt with by a non-licensed contractor however work must comply with the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987, as amended 1992 and 1998, and disposal of asbestos waste must be carried out in accordance with the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.

Brown and blue asbestos are high-risk and their treatment or removal are subject to more stringent legislation and must be carried out by an HSE licensed asbestos contractor. Notification of the works must also be submitted to the HSE fourteen days before the work can be carried out. Regardless of the type of asbestos, the premises from where the asbestos waste is to be removed (if over 200kg), must also be notified to the Environment Agency in accordance with the new Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.

Oasis are licensed asbestos contractors. For a competitive quotation to encapsulate or remove ACMs please contact Oasis on 0117 951 9567 or enquire online. Written tenders should be addressed to Mike Shorland, Contracts Manager.


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