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What Should I Do If I Discover Asbestos?

posted in Commercial Waste Disposal by Skippy on 12:07 Nov 17th, 2014

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There are certain materials that can never be placed in our containers as part of our normal service. Asbestos is one of them. This requires our more specialised, hazardous waste handling abilities. We do provide specialised roll off roll on skips just for these materials. But what should you do if you encounter asbestos?

You've Discovered Asbestos: What Do You Do Now?

Different responsibilities and processes apply depending on where the asbestos was found, the type, its condition and the how likely the asbestos is to be disturbed. There are some golden rules to follow in this instance:

  • If the asbestos is in a good condition, it is best to leave it unless absolutely necessary.
  • If possible, avoid disturbing it. This will prevent exposure to asbestos fibres.
  • Asbestos should only be handled by qualified, experience and trained professionals!
  • Disturbing or removing asbestos should only be undertaken in carefully controlled conditions.

Any domestic or commercial property undergoing any intrusive work requires a survey to check for the presence of this hazardous material. Non-domestic premises in particular require asbestos surveys and management plans. These incorporate annual reviews for the safe maintenance of the material.

For Tradespersons

If you're a tradesperson, you and any of your crew likely to encounter asbestos on a day to day basis, then you must undertake asbestos awareness training. Top these off with regular refresher courses.

Stop work immediately and begin the necessary contamination processes if you suspect asbestos is present in your working area. You definitely do not want to spread around those nasty fibres! Remember to report your suspicions to the relevant authority too.

It's very important to make sure that all work conducted with asbestos meets HSE regulations and the approved safe work methods. Remember, you can call Skippy Nationwide anytime to remove any hazardous wastes in one of our specialised roll on roll of skips or enclosed containers.

What If You're A Business Owner?

All property managers, owners and employers have a duty of care regarding their handling of asbestos to any tenants, contractors and staff. They have to ensure that any asbestos is handled properly and inform all relevant parties of the hazard.

Arrange an annual review of the Asbestos Management Survey Report to evaluate changes in condition and risks associated with asbestos products, including any changes of use within the property.

Creating a regular management plan to ensure you're carefully monitoring any risks posed by the presence of asbestos on the premises will ensure that you're fully aware of the situation and any changes.

If any work is being carried out by outside contractors, inform them of the presence and location of any hazardous waste! Remember, you have a duty of care to do this.

Skippy Nationwide's Roll On Roll Off Skips For Hazardous Waste Disposal

At Skippy Nationwide, we are able to offer a complete hazardous waste disposal service. We use specialised enclosed and roll on roll off skips to safely carry this rubbish waste away and ensure that it is disposed of properly.

Our RORO skips are available in 3 different sizes: 20yrd, 35yrd and 40yrd. We will be happy to advise you on the right container for the right project. For hassle free container hire, get in touch with our experts today. You can call us on 03333 218402 or email sales@skippy.co.uk.

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