Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in building materials such as insulation, roofing, and floor tiles until the 1980s. Over the years, it has been linked to a number of health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. As a result, the UK has implemented strict regulations around asbestos removal and disposal to protect workers and the general public from exposure.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is a licensed asbestos removal company operating in Hampshire and the South East of England. In this article, we'll cover everything you need to know about asbestos-containing floor tiles and whether their removal is notifiable in Hampshire.
Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are generally safe as long as they are undisturbed. However, when they are disturbed or damaged, tiny fibres are released into the air which can be ingested or inhaled. These fibres can remain in the lungs and cause serious health problems over time.
Studies have shown that asbestos fibres can be released during the removal of ACMs, which is why it's important to use licensed asbestos removal contractors to carry out the work.
Under current UK legislation, any work that involves the removal of asbestos must be carried out by a licensed contractor. This includes the removal of asbestos-containing floor tiles. A licensed asbestos removal contractor will have the expertise and equipment to safely remove and dispose of asbestos.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we are a licensed asbestos removal contractor with years of experience in removing ACMs from a range of buildings.
The decontamination process for asbestos removal will depend on the project. For non-disturbed asbestos-containing materials, removal may not be necessary. However, if the ACMs are disturbed or deteriorating, they will need to be removed.
Asbestos floor tiles can be particularly challenging to remove due to the adhesive used to fix them to the floor. As a result, the removal process may require specialist equipment and careful handling to avoid disturbing the fibres. The work area will also need to be isolated, and the workers will need to wear protective clothing and respirators.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we are experts in the safe removal of asbestos-containing floor tiles. We follow strict procedures to limit the spread of fibres and dispose of asbestos waste in compliance with UK legislation.
Not all projects will require the removal of asbestos containing floor tiles. However, if the tiles are in poor condition or are likely to be disturbed during the project, removal may be necessary.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance on when asbestos removal is required. This includes:
If you're unsure whether your project requires the removal of asbestos containing floor tiles, contact Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire for advice.
Not all work that involves asbestos requires a licensed contractor. Some work can be carried out by non-licensed asbestos contractors or even by those without specialist training. This is referred to as Notifiable Non-Licensed Work (NNLW).
However, it's important to note that NNLW can only be carried out if the asbestos-containing materials are in good condition and are unlikely to be disturbed during the work.
If you're planning on carrying out NNLW on asbestos-containing floor tiles in Hampshire, you'll need to notify the HSE before starting the work. Failure to do so can result in fines and legal action.
Asbestos waste is classed as hazardous waste and must be disposed of in compliance with UK legislation. This includes sealing the waste in double-wrapped bags, clearly labelling it as asbestos waste, and transporting it to a licensed disposal site.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we provide a complete service that includes the safe removal and disposal of asbestos-containing floor tiles.
In conclusion, the removal of asbestos-containing floor tiles is notifiable in Hampshire, and the work should only be carried out by a licensed asbestos removal contractor.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is a licensed and experienced asbestos removal company operating in Hampshire and the South East of England. We provide safe and affordable removal solutions for all types of ACMs, including asbestos floor tiles.
If you need assistance with asbestos removal or have any questions about removing asbestos containing floor tiles in Hampshire, contact us on 01962 458066 or email us at [email protected]. You can also visit our website at affordable-asbestos-removal-hampshire.co.uk for more information about our services.