Asbestos removal is sometimes necessary because your asbestos material is in a degraded condition and cannot be managed in situ or repaired. Your asbestos materials may also require removal prior to a planned refurbishment or demolition project that is to take place in the area where the material is located.
Asbestos removal works that are carried out for you should only be carried out by a fully competent and qualified contractor who has appropriately trained staff to carry out the works. They also require the correct insurances to work with asbestos in addition to having provision for disposal of the asbestos waste. The removal contractor needs to hold a HSE (Health and Safety Executive) licence for work with asbestos if the works fall within the licensed category.
An additional service that may be required as part of an asbestos removal project is air monitoring. If needed, this will take place before, during and after the project and must be performed by an independent analytical laboratory that is UKAS accredited.
Dedicated Project Manager
We provide an asbestos expert to be your point of contact to guide you through your asbestos project.
Fixed Price Quote
All quotations are fixed price including all air monitoring and access equipment costs.
Multiple Cost Comparison
Acorns approved contractors provide their best timescales and costs to complete the works, Acorn vet the quotations to ensure everything has been allowed for.
Acorn can prepare a suitable specification for the works prior to tendering the works to approved contractors.
How we can we help you
Acorn Analytical Services have two locations, each equipped with a comprehensive testing laboratory so we are ideally located to provide our services nationally. We are able to advise you on all aspects of asbestos removal, asbestos repair and asbestos encapsulation, regardless of your location in the UK.
To discuss your asbestos removal requirements or to obtain a quotation call us using the number at the top of the page, email us or complete our online quotation form.
What you need to know about asbestos removal
Asbestos removal projects fall into three categories:
- Non Licensed Asbestos Work
- Notifiable Non Licensed Asbestos Work
- Notifiable Licensed Asbestos Work
Regardless of the category, the removal contractor must be competent to undertake the work, the employees must hold appropriate training certificates and be able to prove competence for the tasks they are planning to undertake.
They must also hold appropriate and sufficient insurances for the tasks they will be undertaking. As a general rule most insurance policies specifically exclude working with asbestos from their cover which can leave both the contractor and you open to litigation if works do not go according to plan.
Notifications the contractor must complete
- Non Licensed Asbestos Work – Usually does not require notification (dependent upon the project details)
- Notifiable Non Licensed Asbestos Work – Notification is required to the HSE prior to work commencing
- Notifiable Licensed Asbestos Work – Notification is required to the enforcing authority a minimum of 14 days prior to works commencing. In addition to all of the above and regardless of category, the works will require a risk assessment covering all site risks that may be encountered during the works.
This assessment will then be used to form the basis of a site specific plan of work (method statement) which details exactly how the works will be undertaken, by whom, when and what actions must be undertaken and followed to reduce the risks identified.
Disposing of asbestos and hazardous material
Disposal of the waste asbestos is a major part of the removal project. Asbestos waste must be packaged appropriately and be transported by registered carriers to a limited number of registered waste sites that accept waste from asbestos removal projects. Staff undertaking removal and transportation of asbestos waste must be competent. They must also provide consignment notes both whilst the waste is in transit and upon completion of disposal of the waste at a licensed landfill site.
A license to work with asbestos is required if the project or the material falls into the licensed category. The company undertaking this type of work must hold a license that has been granted by the Health and Safety Executive. Work in this category is usually subject to a 14 day notification to the enforcing authority prior to works being allowed to commence.
Companies that carry out notifiable asbestos work are subject to health surveillance of their employees and must maintain comprehensive records detailing the nature, duration and likely exposures to asbestos. The regulations state that these health records must be kept for a minimum of 40 years.
Since working with Acorn they have exceeded the council’s expectations with their high standards and innovative working methods.
– Fiona Price (Asbestos Officer)
Reasons to Use Acorn
- Here to help you become asbestos compliant
- Here to identify any gaps within your asbestos compliance procedures
- We are a fully independent UKAS accredited asbestos consultancy
- We provide impartial, best practise advice no matter what we find
Our Core Values
Quality – Implement excellence in everything we do
Integrity – Be honest and truthful
Respect – Treat others how we wish to be treated
Teamwork – Work together for the benefit of the team
Innovation – Innovate to always be leading our industry
To be the obvious choice for asbestos consultancy services in the UK.
Ensuring safety above profit. Keeping quality within the core of everything we do. Guaranteeing speed in the delivery of our services.