Asbestos waste is any waste which contains more than 0.1% w/w asbestos. It is subject to the waste management controls set out in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
Asbestos waste is a harmful substance and can be classified in the following ways:
- It’s carcinogenic – meaning it can cause cancer.
- Dangerous for the environment – It contaminates the soil
- Harmful irritant – It causes warts on exposed skin during handling.
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The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012(CAR2012) is the legal vehicle which lays down the law with the accompanying approved codes of practice to prevent the occurrence of the three classifications above. The Dangerous Goods Regulations 2009(DGR2009) determine how asbestos waste can be transported.
Asbestos Waste can be categorised as fibrous and bonded.
- Fibrous asbestos waste includes pipe insulation, sprayed, asbestos Insulation board and loose fill insulation.
- Bonded asbestos waste includes asbestos cement products, floor tiles, Bakelite toilet cisterns, Textured coatings (Artex).
Fibrous asbestos waste is friable, that is it crumbles and releases its fibres easily.
Bonded asbestos waste contains asbestos mixed with other products such as cement or plastics and does not give off fibres easily depending on its condition.
Fibrous asbestos by law can only be removed by a licenced asbestos contractor with the permission of the Health & Safety Executive(HSE). Bonded asbestos waste is non-licenced, however precautions in the handling of all asbestos waste are the same. At the source of removal and wearing the correct protective clothing, asbestos waste must be double bagged and/or double wrapped in defined UN packaging to prevent fibre release.
The prevention of fibre release is the core aim of asbestos removal, the measures taken and the techniques used for the removal of fibrous asbestos differ from bonded asbestos and the reason why fibrous asbestos is a licenced activity.
When the asbestos waste is packaged (double bagged or wrapped) it must be placed in a sealed lockable container for onward transport to the landfill site. Under DGR2009, this container can be a van, truck or skip if it’s secured and sealed to prevent further fibre release during transportation.
The DGR2009 also stipulates placards on the vehicle used both front and rear along with emergency procedures and other documentation, the correct fire extinguisher and other equipment must be carried in the vehicle.
The movement of asbestos waste requires a hazardous goods consignment note completed by the consignor before the waste is moved from the premises. This refers to both domestic and non-domestic premises.
Asbestos Waste can only be moved from non-domestic premises by a licenced waste carrier authorised through the Environment Agency. Home owners moving their own waste do not require a licence, however if they contract someone then the contractor must be licenced.
How we can help
Fallon Pilott Ltd have all the credentials to manage your asbestos waste. We are licenced waste carriers and ADR certified to take away your asbestos waste. Our vehicles are purpose built sealed and lockable with all the equipment and documentation requirements under the DGR2009. We provide asbestos skips for large quantities of waste and a same day collection service for small quantities from asbestos removal and building maintenance contractors and we provide a weekly collection service to all postcodes in the counties of Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Wales.
We dismantle and remove asbestos from domestic dwellings such as garages and rainwater goods and we dismantle and remove bonded asbestos from large industrial, commercial and farms buildings.
We carry out surveys to identify and manage asbestos in plant and buildings. Bulk sampling and R&D surveys before any refurbishment and demolition works.
Contact us on 01925 967 211 or email email@example.com
In all areas we work to the Statutory Regulations/Requirements and Codes of Practice
The Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1999.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2004.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
HSG 248 ~ asbestos: the analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures.
HSE Guidance note HSG 264 ~ asbestos: the survey guide.