The difference between licensed and non-licensed asbestos removal

We understand that the term asbestos means an element of danger and health risk, but when you hear the terms licensed and non-licensed asbestos removal, you may suffer confusion on what the differences are? How to remove asbestos insulation correctly? Surely asbestos has one certain safe way to be removed, right?

As you will no doubt be aware, asbestos has been used for many decades within the building of properties due to its affordability and resistance to fire, without knowing about its damaging effects on people’s health upon being disturbed. To combat this, certain measures and regulations were put in place to protect workers undertaking the removal of this hazardous material.

Which is which?

One method used in controlling the risks is categorising the removal as either licensed or non-licensed, enabling the appropriate preventive methods to be enforced in its removal via the right qualified personnel.

When looking at non-licensed asbestos removal, it means that a special license to remove the waste is not required because the risk is considered lower. However, this does not mean that training and competence are not required to do it.  Using a non-licensed contractor is often the most practical and cost-effective way of removing your asbestos but an assessment is still required prior to going down this route.

Licensed asbestos removal is when a job is considered significantly hazardous and requires a licensed contractor in asbestos removal services to remove the risk to the public. These licenses are granted by the HSE, which state that this type of activity is required to be brought to the attention of the enforcing authorities.

Anybody failing to adhere to these licensing regulations stands to find themselves facing severe ramifications, from heavy fines to a potential prison sentence in failing to subcontract a licensed company to handle the removal.

Understanding the difference

To understand the level of requirement your property or business has, a risk assessment would have to be undertaken to determine the level of risk involved in the asbestos identified.

No work on removing asbestos should ever be undertaken without this crucial step, as it contains key information on the material and the level of personal protective equipment (PPE) and control measures that are required to be utilised in the process of asbestos removal Manchester.

This assessment also factors in important information relating to the project. These include how easily the asbestos will break into smaller pieces, making it easier to inhale the fibres and cause harm to people in the area. Very friable asbestos products, such as sprayed coatings and insulation, can be easily disturbed and cause damage to workers health.

Determining the job

Determining whether a job requires a licensed or non-licensed removal of asbestos depends on the level of risk. Whilst asbestos can be manageable, it requires a certified professional to assess and correctly determine the severity with asbestos testing.

For safe and secure asbestos removal South Manchester, asbestos survey Manchester or asbestos compliance contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today.

What our clients have to say…

“Jim provided a fantastic service. Friendly, quick, non-disruptive work. Good turnaround on receiving the sample report too”

“Asbestos survey – Jim did a very thorough job. Kept us updated right through the visit with an initial view, and then supplied an in depth report after. Very pleasant person to deal with. Overall, very pleased with the service.”

“Really friendly professional service with very quick response time. The work was carried out to a high standard, at a very good price, within two days of enquiry. I would definitely recommend this company.”

“Jordan and Jim did an excellent job of demolishing our garage, including the safe removal of the asbestos roof. Their work was tidy and controlled, with no impact on any surrounding hedges, plants, etc.

All in all they ticked every box.”

“Jim and his team were very professional, courteous and helpful throughout the whole process. They worked very hard to meet our tight timelines and did a great job. I would highly recommend Grosvenor Asbestos to anyone requiring asbestos services.”

“Had a survey done. All work and results back before a new week. Very prompt, efficient and quick service. Absolutely recommend this company.”

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