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Working with asbestos containing materials (ACMs) is one of this country’s most regulated industries and requires access to suitably trained, experienced and resourced operatives to carry out the work; however not all asbestos removal projects require a HSE licence.

G & L Consultancy have a small team of highly trained and experienced operatives who carry out non-licensed work with asbestos. This work is just not limited to removing asbestos containing materials but can also include encapsulation and / or repair of damaged materials or environmental cleans following accidental disturbance of a material.

Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, there are three categories of working with asbestos:

  • Non-licensed and Notifiable
    If the work is of longer duration, complex or where low risk ACMs will be at risk from significant breakage during removal, or ACMs that are more hazardous are involved, notification may be required.
  • Licensed and Notifiable
    Where the work is of more than a very short duration and involves medium or high risk ACMs then a licensed contractor would normally be required.

G & L Consultancy is insured to carry out both notifiable and non-notifiable non-licenced asbestos removal and hold the required waste carriers licence to enable us to transport and dispose of all waste created during removal projects.

Examples of non-licensed ACMs that G & L Consultancy can carry out work on include:

  • Asbestos Cement Sheeting or Panels
  • Asbestos Textured Coating (Artex)
  • Asbestos Floor Tiles or Coverings
  • Asbestos Bitumen
  • Asbestos Gaskets or Textiles
  • Asbestos Resins and Plastics

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    Work with Non-licensed, Non-notifiable Asbestos Containing Materials

    In order to carry out any work with non-licensed, non-notifiable ACMs, the following must be in place / considered:

    • Suitable and sufficient training for those carrying out the work and also those supervising the work;
    • Suitable and sufficient employers liability insurance that contains reference to working with asbestos;
    • All work undertaken must be carried out in compliance with a suitable and comprehensive risk assessment;
    • All works must be carried out in compliance with a site and task specific plan of work;
    • Adequate control measures must be place for the length of any work including the use of respiratory and personal protective equipment.

    Examples of Non-Licensable Work that will not normally be Notifiable

    • Removal of asbestos cement products, (e.g. roof sheeting and rainwater goods) provided the material is carefully handles / removed without breaking up; this includes work with asbestos cement which is weathered but not otherwise substantially damaged.
    • Maintenance work involving asbestos cement products (e.g. roof sheeting and rainwater goods)
    • Removal of small areas of textured decorative coatings using gel / steam, to support other activities such as installation / replacement of smoke alarms and light fittings.
    • Removal without deterioration, of textured decorative coatings (e.g. if the backing board is carefully cut around to achieve virtually intact removal).
    • Drilling of textured decorative coatings for installation of fixtures / fittings.
    • Encapsulation and sealing-in work on ACMs that are in good condition (e.g. repairing damaged sealing material).
    • Removal and reattachment of loosely fixed (e.g. screwed) AIB panels in order to gain access to areas for other maintenance activities (e.g. under a bath to carry out pipework maintenance, or for access to a ceiling void for repair of lighting).
    • Painting AIB.
    • Short duration work to repair minor damage to AIB.
    • Short duration work involving drilling holes in AIB (e.g. when installing shelving).
    • Maintenance work involving asbestos in ropes, yarns and woven cloth.
    • Maintenance work on asbestos gaskets (including removal as part of repair and up keep of equipment).
    • Maintenance of asbestos containing felt and paper.
    • Maintenance work involving plastic paint coatings, PVC floors, panels and sealing compounds.
    • Maintenance of asbestos-containing conveyor belts / drive belts, bonded rubber, electric cable.
    • Maintenance of resin-based ACMs such as friction products (e.g. brake linings).

    Work with Non-licensed, Notifiable Asbestos Containing Materials

    In order to carry out any work with non-licensed, notifiable ACMs, the following must be in place / considered:

    • Suitable and sufficient training for those carrying out the work and also those supervising the work;
    • Suitable and sufficient employers liability insurance that contains reference to working with asbestos;
    • Three yearly medical examinations and comprehensive health records must be kept for all those involved in the work;
    • The work must be notified to the enforcing authority prior to the commencement of the project;
    • All work undertaken must be carried out in compliance with a suitable and comprehensive risk assessment;
    • All works must be carried out in compliance with a site and task specific plan of work that includes comprehensive emergency arrangements;
    • Adequate control measures must be place for the length of any work including the use of respiratory and personal protective equipment, local exhaust ventilation and wet spraying.

    Examples of Non-Licensable Work that will normally be Notifiable

    • Removal of asbestos cement products (e.g. roof sheeting) which are substantially damaged or broken up (e.g. as a result of fire or flood).
    • Removal of asbestos cement products (e.g. roof sheeting) where the material will be substantially broken up, creating significant quantities of dust and debris (e.g. ‘dropping’ an asbestos cement roof).
    • Large-scale removal of textured decorative coatings using steaming or gelling methods (e.g. beyond that required for maintenance activities such as installation / replacement of smoke alarms and light fittings).
    • Short duration (<2 hours) work on asbestos insulation.

    Case Study

    Removal of Garage containing Asbestos Cement Lining Panels and Roof Sheets

    This project is an example of many carried out by G & L Consultancy.

    The client wanted to re-develop the area in which the garage was located and requested that the Asbestos Cement Roof Sheets and Lining Panels were removed.

    The internal lining panels were badly damaged with a large amount of asbestos containing debris being interspersed amongst the stored items.

    In order to remove the lining panels it was necessary to carefully de-construct the entire structure.

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