Following protocol when dealing with asbestos

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Construction and demolition projects can be seriously delayed if asbestos is found in the structure. Its presence means that it must be removed first before any other alteration work can be carried out. This ensures that people aren’t exposed to it and prevents the hazardous waste from getting out into the environment.
Thompsons of Prudhoe is a long standing member of ARCA – the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association – and has held an asbestos removal Licence, issued by the HSE since the early 1980s. It has become one of the most experienced providers of asbestos removal North East clients can call on. We can lawfully and effectively handle all types of the material, no matter what its form.

The crucial thing to keep in mind is that the law in England and Wales states that waste with over 0.1% asbestos is deemed hazardous and must be disposed of appropriately. This doesn’t mean it is acceptable to mix asbestos with other waste to get it below this percentage. In fact asbestos should be kept separate to prevent cross contamination.

One of the most important things to do during asbestos removal is to avoid breaking up large pieces of materials. Doing so will release more fibres and result in a bigger cleanup operation. Even things like removing screws, nails, and other fastenings should be done with care to minimise the amount of dust that is produced.

All waste containing asbestos should be double bagged or wrapped twice to make sure there is no chance of any contamination escaping. Ideally the inner bag should be red with asbestos hazard warnings. The outer bag or wrapping should be clear and feature a CDG (Carriage of Dangerous Goods) label if required.

Asbestos should only ever be carried by registered waste carriers using the right containers. Sealed skips are best because they can be locked so that contamination does not spread and to keep people from gaining access.

At Thompsons of Prudhoe we have a specific team of over 60 highly trained asbestos removal technicians. On top of this we are registered hazardous waste carriers. We can offer a comprehensive service for each client, delivering efficiency, safety, and value for money too.

If they need help from the most highly regarded provider of asbestos removal North East clients should contact us. We can advise clients on reputable firms to conduct asbestos surveys (we choose not to carry out surveys so as to keep the surveying and the removal completely separate and avoid any possibility of a conflict of interest), take over the management of the work, handling the removal and dispose of all materials in a legally compliant, and traceable manner.