Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade. Some of these materials should only be worked on by a trained contractor
The duty to manage asbestos
- Take reasonable steps to find out if there are materials containing asbestos in non-domestic premises, and if so, its amount, where it is and what condition it is in
- Presume materials contain asbestos unless there is strong evidence that they do not
- Make, and keep up-to-date, a record of the location and condition of the asbestos- containing materials - or materials which are presumed to contain asbestos
- Assess the risk of anyone being exposed to fibres from the materials identified
- Prepare a plan that sets out in detail how the risks from these materials will be managed
- Take the necessary steps to put the plan into action
- Periodically review and monitor the plan and the arrangements to act on it so that the plan remains relevant and up-to-date
- Provide information on the location and condition of the materials to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb them
There is also a requirement on others to co-operate as far as is necessary to allow the dutyholder to comply with the above requirements.
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Rainbow International Asbestos Testing & Removal
Rainbow International have a clear duty of care to policyholders and customers, to risk assess for asbestos as part of any initial reports. For any removals of asbestos materials that require a licensed contractor - Rainbow International have great relationships with licensed contractors, meaning we can offer a comprehensive asbestos removal service for any situation.
Rainbow International have a number of technicians within the network who are trained to carry out Notifiable Non Licensed Work (NNLW) of asbestos removal. These technicians are required to attend annual training courses, carry a photo card ID and are also regulated under HSE guidelines.
Under NNLW guidelines from CAR12 regulations, we only deal with chrysolite; and not crocidolite or amosite.
Chrysolite (white asbestos) can be found in cement, vinyl or thermoplastic floor tiles, testured coating (i.e artex) and bitumen.
Work procedure & control measures
- All operatives will have suitable and sufficient training to carry out notifiable non-licensed worl (NNLW)
- All operatives will have the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes:
- Disposable overalls with hood
- Boots without laces
- Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)
- Latex Gloves
- Exclusion zones will be established in the work area, and suitable warning signage will be erected
- Unless otherwise stated, waste will be removed from site in the work van
- this waste will be double bagged/wrapped in 500 gauge polythene and placed in secure locked compartments within the van
- After completion of the work, the area shall be left in a clean, tidy condition
- A visual inspection and appropriate air tests(s) as required will be completed
Rainbow International work with bSure, who are experts in tackling the risk of asbestos. Our technicians are trained through their training and accreditation programmes. We also utilise them for technical support, so our technicians can keep up-to-date with legislation, regulations and governance.
bSure also provide the sample testing service - meaning our customers could have samples tested and results back with them within 48 hours - resulting in any scheduled removal, restoration or maintenance work being able to commence without long delays.
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Asbestos Removal at a glance...
Examples of licensable work with asbestos:
- removing sprayed coatings (limpet asbestos)
- removal or other work which may disturb pipe lagging
- involving loose fill insulation
- on asbestos millboard
- cleaning up significant quantities of loose/fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is not sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will be exceeded or it is not short duration work)
- on AIB, where the risk assessment indicates that it will not be of short duration
Examples of notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW) with asbestos:
- asbestos cement products (eg roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially damaged or broken up (eg as a result of fire or flood damage)
- asbestos cement products (eg roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially broken up, creating significant quantities of dust and debris (eg ‘dropping’ an asbestos cement roof)
- asbestos paper and cardboard products if not firmly bonded in a matrix
Short duration work:
- to remove asbestos insulating board as part of a refurbishment project
- involving asbestos insulation eg repairing minor damage to a small section of pipe insulation where the exterior coating has been broken or damaged
Other work on:
- large-scale removal of textured decorative coatings using steaming or gelling methods (eg beyond that required for maintenance activities such as installation/replacement of smoke alarms and fittings)