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Asbestos Waste Removal

Removal of asbestos waste always poses a potential health risk to both waste removal contractors and any personnel on-site, such as employees, residents or others in close proximity.

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Strict procedures for controlled asbestos waste removal

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, there are strict procedures for controlled asbestos waste removal and disposal, which involve:

  • Sealed area containment
  • Double bagging
  • Dust suppression

Even if asbestos-containing materials are found in good condition, i.e. not fragile or disintegrating, any inexperienced or negligent handling can cause fibre particles to become airborne.

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Sealed skip

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines state that all asbestos waste is subject to Schedule 2 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and most waste is subject to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods (etc.) Regulations 2009 (CDG 2009).

KD Asbestos ensure that all asbestos waste is double-wrapped and labelled ‘asbestos waste’. Our compliance with industry practice is to use a red inner bag with asbestos warnings. This is placed in a clear outer bag with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG) hazard sign and asbestos code information visible.

A sealed skip is used for the disposal of asbestos cement sheeting as an “open” standard builder’s skip is considered a potential health risk under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Removal of asbestos containing materials always involves a potential risk of contamination from invisible airborne fibres. KD Asbestos issue all staff with the required PPE:

  • Disposal safety Respirator FFP 3
  • Disposable coveralls Type 5 Category 3
  • Foot-wear
  • Shoe covers
  • Disposable Latex or Neoprene Gloves
  • Protective eye-wear
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Asbestos Safety Respirator

There are three suitable types of Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE), which conform to European Standards, according to HSE recommendations.

  • Disposable respirator to standards EN149 (type FFP3)
  • Half mask respirator (to standard EN140) with P3 filter.
  • Semi disposable respirator (to EN405) with P3 filter.

FFP stands for Filtering Face Piece and the FFP 3 is the standard disposable mask approved for use against solid and liquid aerosols, and suitable for protection from high toxicity harmful materials in specified concentrations. This includes asbestos materials.

The FFP3 is used in most short duration, non-licensed work for the removal of asbestos.

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