The consequences of carrying out Asbestos removal without guidance and legislative compliance can potentially be a dangerous and also result in prosecution and heavy fines for the client and contractor involved in the project by the Health and Safety Executive.
Removal of asbestos by a non-professional isn’t recommended at all. A client who failed in their duties during asbestos removal works was subsequently prosecuted and fined over £1 million see www.hse.gov.uk/press/2011/coi-se-msasbestos.htm
Generally, you may not be able to tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labelled. A trained and accredited asbestos professional knows what to look for, and make take samples for testing because there may be an increased health risk if asbestos fibres are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended.
In cases where asbestos needs to be removed then an asbestos professional like Amiante STR can give you a full removal service giving you complete peace of mind, from detection through to the safe removal of asbestos and disposing of the waste.
A very stringent procedure needs to be followed when removing asbestos, this includes necessary safety equipment and clothing, following legal guidelines, being aware of safety precautions and ensuring where practicable that all traces of asbestos are removed.
The importance of ensuring all traces are removed has recently been highlighted with the cases of Mesothelioma where people have had second hand contact with asbestos fibres, through clothing for instance.
The severity of long-term health risks including 4,000 deaths a year contributed to asbestos-related illnesses (asbestosis and lung cancer) has brought about an abundance of Health and Safety legislation. Fines and even custodial sentences are imposed on those thought responsible of failing to exercise their duties of care.
Choosing the course of action should be made by the experts, which is why you should contact Amiante STR Ltd if you suspect asbestos is in a building. We are here to help.
If you think that you or your client has an asbestos problem, please contact us today to discuss your asbestos management concerns and we will advise you what to do next.