When it comes to the disposing of asbestos in a safe manner, there are essential processes to follow, in order to ensure the safety of others if by chance they come into contact with the asbestos contaminated area.
The Hazardous Waste Regulation states that any person(s) producing more than 500kg of hazardous waste on their premises, they are required by law to register the premises with their local Environmental Agency. Once registered, this will remain on the Environmental Agency record for up to 12 months; be sure to re-register as and when required.
Safe Asbestos Removal
In all cases of safe asbestos removal, there are certain steps to follow in order to comply with health and safety regulations:
Ensure that any asbestos waste is double-bagged and/or wrapped in specialised bags that are approved by the UN. Failure to do so can put the health and safety of others in jeopardy. Specialised bags should contain a clear outer bag (CDG sign) with an inner bag (often red) that indicates asbestos is present within the packaging/bag.
If asbestos is being transported from premises to the asbestos licensed disposal site, make sure to use a skip or a vehicle that;
- Has a completely separate compartment to put the asbestos filled bags in
- Is easily cleanable and is able to be locked
Asbestos Waste Site
Once the asbestos waste is satisfactorily bagged, the bag(s) containing asbestos should be disposed of at a licensed asbestos tipping site and/or transfer station. Asbestos licensed sites are available throughout the UK and are often situated in cities and towns. Be sure to check with local council to find the nearest one and the quantity that can be disposed of at the site. You may be required to find an alternative if there is a large deposit of asbestos.
Did You Know?
There are several factors about asbestos that you perhaps didn’t know and if dealing with the safe removal of asbestos perhaps should:
- Asbestos related diseases can become present through third party contact: if a person is working with asbestos and has fibres present on clothing, others can develop asbestos related diseases due to these fibres present on clothing.
- Some asbestos fibres are more harmful than others – white asbestos fibres are the most dangerous, this is not to say that other types are not harmful to health.
- Asbestos waste is classed as hazardous waste if there is 0.1% or more of asbestos present.
- Asbestos related diseases do not become apparent for decades, making it difficult to find the culprits in regards to neglect. Most businesses by this point are either out of business, very difficult to trace or even prove to be neglectful.
- Asbestos was first introduced as a cheap way to insulate properties. This practice was banned in the UK during the 1980’s after the realization of the harm it causes to the human body.
- Many people are still dying today as a result of being exposed to asbestos fibres.
Asbestos related diseases can be caused through third party contamination and there are still people today dying as a result of being exposed to asbestos.
Be sure to double bag the asbestos in UN certified bags, with clear and correct labeling for safe asbestos removal. Dispose of any asbestos waste at a licensed asbestos site.
Darren the author of this article, has worked in asbestos removal for many years and has vast knowledge of the process, which need to be followed to ensure health and safety regulations are being adhered to.