Why Remove Asbestos?
Asbestos was commonly used in older buildings. It’s derived from silicate rocks which have been crushed. This produces very fine fibres which have been connected to mesothelioma cancers, in addition to lung cancer, pleural plaque and asbestosis. All these conditions are dangerous. So, asbestos is now being removed from buildings.
There are three main types of asbestos found in premises:
- Blue Asbestos (Crocidolite)– from the Amphibole group of minerals. It is a Sodium, Iron and Magnesium Silicate and has blue, straight fibres. It’s hydrophobic, with a decomposition temperature of 800°C.
- Brown Asbestos (Amosite)– from the Amphibole group of minerals. It contains Iron and Magnesium and has pale brown needle like fibres. It is hydrophobic, with a decomposition temperature of 600°C to 900°C.
- White Asbestos (Chrysotile)– from the Serpentine group of minerals. It is a Magnesium Silicate and has curly, flexible, white fibres with splayed ends and kinks. It is hydrophilic, with a decomposition temperature of 800°C to 850°C.
If you need help removing asbestos from a commercial property or domestic building anywhere in the UK, Waste King Asbestos can help.
We offer services which include asbestos removal from all buildings being refurbished or demolished that require a survey before necessary asbestos treatment work can begin.
Safely and securely, Waste King can remove and dispose of:
- Asbestos Insulation Boards
- Asbestos Floor Tiles
- Asbestos Bath Panels & Toilet Cisterns
- Asbestos Garages, Sheds & Outbuildings
- Corrugated Asbestos Sheet Roofing
- Asbestos Soffits, Downpipes & Guttering
- Asbestos Concrete Boards
- Asbestos Concrete Water Tanks
- Asbestos Cement Cladding
- Asbestos Spray Coatings
- Asbestos Flue Pipes & Ducts
- Textured Asbestos Wall Coatings (Artex, Wallpaper & Textured Paint)
- Asbestos Fire Doors
- Asbestos Containing Roof Felts
- Asbestos Window Sills
- Asbestos Sprayed Coatings
- Asbestos Fuse Boards & Gas Meter enclosures
- Asbestos Pipe Lagging
- Asbestos Wall Cladding
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Asbestos removal procedures
Once the presence of asbestos has been confirmed on your site, Waste King’s fully trained asbestos removal specialists can provide you with a comprehensive removal, treatment and disposal service.
As all our asbestos removal contractors are individually licensed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). So, all they do is in accordance with the HSE’s regulations and guidance notes.
The disposal of all the asbestos that Waste King handles is carried out in accordance with the Special Waste Regulations 1996.
Each job is given its own programme of works. This includes a detailed site-specific Method Statement, which outlines the works to be carried out as well as documenting all risk factors.
Typically, the part of the building from which asbestos is being removed must be sealed off, in order to prevent contaminating other areas. Methods of sealing off an area often include the use of polythene film, duct tape, and/or negative air pressure machines which are fitted with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.
Only a special vacuum cleaner that’s designed for asbestos containment (class H) can be safely used when cleaning up during and after asbestos removal. Ordinary vacuum cleaners can’t be used – even those fitted with a HEPA filter – because they will expel the asbestos fibres into the room air.
Where necessary, an independent accredited analyst will carry out air monitoring and a visual inspection. Where applicable, the analyst will issue a site clearance certificate upon satisfactory assessment of the four stages of clearance:
- Stage 1:Preliminary check of site condition and job completeness
- Stage 2:Thorough visual inspection
- Stage 3:Clearance air monitoring
- Stage 4:Final assessment post enclosure / work area
When removing asbestos:
- Waste King will seal off the area with an airtight enclosure. This is a temporary structure built with metal frames and heavy-duty polythene. The enclosure has three chambers to create a controlled measure sealed air-lock. This structure stops asbestos fibres spreading through the air to other areas.
- We then put the enclosure under negative pressure using an air extraction machine fitted with a HEPA filter. This creates negative pressure to remove harmful ambient asbestos fibres from the air.
- Our operatives will then revise the risk and method statements for the site when they arrive, to ensure works go to plan.
- All operatives wear personal protective equipment (PPE) which comprises overalls, respiratory masks, gloves and hard-wearing boots.
- Operatives enter the enclosure through each of the three entrance chambers individually – ensuring no air escapes.
- The removal of asbestos materials begins. The operatives use appropriate professional equipment and specialist methods.
- All asbestos materials are double-bagged, taped and sealed in bags with asbestos warning labels on them. They are then taken for disposal.
- Once the main removal of asbestos materials is complete, Waste King uses specialist cleaning equipment to remove any harmful dust and debris. It also continues to run the air extractor.
- Once the job is complete, the air is tested for asbestos fibre levels.
- When the levels of asbestos fibres in the air are at a safe and satisfactory level, set by the Health & Safety Executive, the enclosure is then dismantled and removed.
Asbestos may be discovered in a fair condition and unlikely to be damaged. So, rather than removing it you may decide to seal and encapsulate the asbestos to make it safe.
Deciding between asbestos removal and encapsulation can be challenging. So, our experts are always happy to advise you on the most appropriate and effective solution to your asbestos issue.
What’s Asbestos Encapsulation?
Asbestos Encapsulation involves applying specialist coatings to the Asbestos Containing Materials. This protects them from any further age degradation, cracking, flaking or impact damage. It also seals over any exposed edges that could release asbestos fibres into the air.
However, since the asbestos is left in place, its condition must be regularly monitored for safety.
The benefits of asbestos encapsulation are:
- It involves minimal disturbance to the asbestos – thus minimising risk.
- No asbestos removal or disposal is involved – lowering cost.
- Asbestos encapsulation is quick to apply – resulting in minimal disturbance to the property’s occupants.
- It makes the environment safe by removing the danger of harmful asbestos fibres in the air.
- It’s easier than asbestos removal in hard-to-access areas.
Waste Transfer Station
The Environment Agency permits Waste King Asbestos waste transfer contractors to operate a waste transfer station.
This station operates at over and above the required regulations.
It is operated solely by Waste King, ensuring that we can offer a reliable and cost-effective disposal service.
As a company, we follow strict procedures whenever carrying or disposing of waste. Moreover, we comply with regulations, producing a full paper trail from removal to landfill – and will supply you with a consignment note as proof of the asbestos’ safe disposal.