When it comes to commercial property, asbestos disposal will be handled by licensed or appropriately trained contractors and hazardous waste carriers. These parties are responsible for providing all legal documentation for safety handling, transportation and guaranteeing that asbestos waste reaches its destination in a manner that poses no risk to anyone.
Whilst the internet provides many DIY asbestos removal and waste disposal guides – it is highly advised that you do not go down this route. Disturbing asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in any way without the proper training and precaution measures could expose you and others around you and potentially create legal issues.
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) is the legislation governing all handling, removal and preparations for disposal of ACMs in the UK. This regulation applies to all workplaces and public spaces with asbestos exposure risks, including offices, schools and hospitals.
The Hazardous Waste Regulations govern how asbestos waste is stored, moved, handled and disposed of at the final transport location. These regulations apply to all asbestos waste that leaves commercial property.
The first step for asbestos disposal is professionally identifying the presence of ACMs through an asbestos survey and asbestos testing. If you own or manage a building built before the year 2000, the chances of it containing traces of asbestos within its construction are very high.
A survey conducted by a certified asbestos services company is the only way to be sure, taking samples of suspected ACMs for testing at a UKAS-accredited laboratory. Once asbestos has been identified, the next step is deciding whether it needs to be removed or managed in-situ.
If the asbestos is in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed by any work being planned, it can be left in place and monitored under an asbestos management plan. If the asbestos is damaged, friable or likely to be disturbed, it must be removed by your asbestos contractor.
Disposal of waste
In the UK, asbestos waste has to be disposed in a licenced landfill site authorised to hold hazardous waste. This site must have the appropriate permits and licences, following strict guidelines for handling, transportation and disposal of ACMs.
Asbestos cannot be thrown in with household waste or mixed with other waste streams. Any asbestos waste must be specially transported by a registered higher-tier waste carrier alongside a hazardous waste consignment note, detailing all types and quantities of asbestos transported and the destination for disposal.
Asbestos waste is highly complex and regulated, requiring careful attention to regulations, guidelines and legalities. Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today if you are unsure about asbestos removal Stockport and disposal at your property,