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Asbestos removal

Asbestos can remain in situ if it is not going to be disturbed, is in good condition, sealed and can be safely enclosed.

 

However, the removal of asbestos requires strict controls, procedures and training to reduce the health risks.

 

 

Click on the  on each image to find out more.

Remember:

Only Trained Operatives, or Licensed Contractors can carry out asbestos removal.

 

Types of Work

The 2012 Legislation has also determined 3 types of work with asbestos.

Click on each of the headings below to find out more about each type of work.

 

 

 

Here is a list of examples detailing which type of work each is.

 

 

Asbestos Regulations

 

 

Due to the hidden nature of asbestos and the serious risk from its needle-like structure, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 sets out a single control limit:

 

0.1 fibres per cm3 of air averaged over a 4-hour period.

 

To reduce the health risks, contractors MUST be licensed if it is foreseen that the concentration of fibres will be above this limit.

 



Where might asbestos be hiding?

As we cannot easily identify asbestos, it is important that we understand where asbestos may be located due to its related health risks.

 

Remember, only buildings after the year 2000 are deemed safe by age (SBA).

 

 

Click on each   to find out about common uses of asbestos and possible sources of exposure.

 

 

A hidden killer

As we know, asbestos was a widely used building and insulation material. However, it is often called the hidden killer as it is not easily identifiable.

 

Watch a short clip from the HSE here to better understand the problem.

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Please watch the full video before completing the section.

The health risks

The composition of asbestos means that it breaks into tiny, long sharp fibres.

These fibres, if inhaled, become lodged in the lungs and cause several types of diseases.

Asbestos related diseases include:

  • Mesothelioma – a form of cancer caused by asbestos dust.
  • Asbestosis – scarring of the lung.
  • Fibrosis.
  • Pleural plaques.

 

These fatal diseases kill approximately 5500 people every year in the UK.

 

 

Watch the video below to hear one tradesman’s story and an explanation of the risks from a senior doctor.

 

 

Please watch the full video before completing the section.

Asbestos Awareness Limitations

This training course is designed to provide you with an understanding of asbestos ONLY, it will not provide information on how to carry out ANY work with asbestos.

This is a TEAM Safety Services Asbestos Awareness E-Learning course and is aimed at workers who are likely to be exposed to asbestos, but do not intentionally work with asbestos.

Asbestos Regulations

 

 

Due to the hidden nature of asbestos and the serious risk from its needle-like structure, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 sets out a single control limit:

 

0.1 fibres per cm3 of air averaged over a 4-hour period.

 

To reduce the health risks, contractors MUST be licensed if it is foreseen that the concentration of fibres will be above this limit.

 



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