Before you embark on your renovation project it is important as a trader and builder that you know how to prevent asbestos di...
Renovations and Hidden Asbestos
Before you embark on your renovation project it is important as a trader and builder that you know how to prevent asbestos disturbances and are fully aware of the risk asbestos poses.
All too often, asbestos-containing materials are disturbed without workers even realising it. From walls and ceilings to under the stairs and doors… many of these materials contain hidden traces of asbestos that can pose a danger to your team.
That is why before you commit to a project you should do the following:
- Asbestos survey – don’t trust prior surveys to contain everything you need to know about your property. Alongside finding out the date your property was built (if built before 2000 assume asbestos is present in building materials) and getting existing building plans; you should also hire an HSE approved asbestos surveyor to re-check your property as they’ll be able to alert you to the condition of these materials and whether they need repairing/removing.
- Testing –
- Ensure your entire team has completed asbestos awareness training and training on licensable and non-licensable work –
- Create a list of every job that needs to be performed – however, their work actually has a high risk of exposure. For this reason, check to see if they have had asbestos awareness training, but also keep them informed of the areas that have been identified as having asbestos.
- Risk management –
Keep to each of these 5 tips, and you can ensure that your entire team is protected from exposure.
More importantly with the support of surveys and training, you can eliminate the risk of disturbing these materials and ensure that your renovations are completed smoothly and safely.
At ICE Asbestos, our team of specialists can supply you with the surveys, labelling and encapsulation work you need to help manage the risks associated with hidden asbestos. At the same time we can seal any damaged asbestos and deal with any removals; thus improving the efficiency of your project.
For more information, contact us today.
At ICE Asbestos we are licensed to perform both Management surveys as well as Demolition & Refurbishment Surveys. We work all over the UK and have offices in Birmingham, Darlington, London, Leeds, Nottingham and Norwich.
Need asbestos removal or an asbestos survey?(0333) 772 0424
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