The Safe Removal and Disposal of Asbestos Containing Materials. A Step-by-Step Guide.
The removal of a dangerous substance such as licenced asbestos must be removed under fully controlled conditions, using the correct personal protective equipment and the safest and most efficient method possible. It is not a simple process and can therefore appear incredibly intimidating. We have broken the process down into stages to show the steps that need to be taken to ensure safe and efficient removal.
Step 1 - Identifying asbestos
Any property in the UK built before the year 2000 could potentially have asbestos in it. If you suspect that you have asbestos in your property, please contact us and we can organise testing or quote for a survey.
Step 2 - Set up
Following an approved plan of works and method statement, a secure enclosure needs to be created around the site of the asbestos, in the case below, a garage ceiling. Hover over each picture for an explanation.
Once the enclosure has been completed, a smoke test carried out, and all daily checks on PPE, RPE and equipment are made, the removal process can begin. Operatives enter the decontamination unit at the 'clean' end and remove all clothing and jewellery. They are required to change into disposable underwear and overalls and wear safety footwear that does not leave the unit. Operatives are required to be clean shaven to allow for a complete seal on their face masks. Hover over each picture for an explanation.
The waste is then transported out of the enclosure, and taken along a designated and clearly marked transit route. Waste is stored in a locked container until such a time as it can be removed from the site. Asbestos can only be disposed of at registered sites and those transporting it requires both training and a permit. The process is clean and effective, ensuring that asbestos is removed safely and disposed of correctly and the area is safe to reoccupy after carrying out air monitoring.
To ensure safety of staff the site used in the above pictures contain no asbestos and was set up for the purpose of providing image to illustrate the safe removal of asbestos.