Correct removal procedures for asbestos sheeting.

  spuds 13:34 12 Oct 2015

Perhaps a topic for discussion, because having recently checked I find it a little confusing.

Since the scare about asbestos and related lung and respiratory diseases, It would seem that removal is now a non-event, except for a specialised company. So what do you think about this article, because it might seem to suggest otherwise, or have I got it wrong. If you have any personal experiences of this subject, then all the better. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:25 12 Oct 2015

Different councils will have different rules

Our council will not accept asbestos sheet at any "public" dump. However a one time only removal per household they will accept the sheets at a specialised site provided they are delivered unbroken and fully wrapped (this is where the specialists disposal people take them as well) trader have to pay a waste disposal charge quite high for asbestos. The site is at a disused colliery (guess where they end up).

  Brumas 15:39 12 Oct 2015

* spuds*,

The dilapidated asbestos roofed shed, unused, at the bottom of our garden was slowly getting worse and really was becoming an eyesore. I had no intention of tackling the task but I grumbled about it to my son-in-law to be, a bridging engineer, and he 'took over' (gladly) (not very good grammar, I know)

He told me that he would get all the necessary approved equipment and would be up, with my daughter, from Preston the following weekend to sort the job out - all I needed to sort was the disposal. I rang the council and they told me as long as it was double-bagged and labeled it would be collected, free of charge, at the end of the month.

I procured suitable strong polythene bags and labels from eBay quite cheaply and waited for the weekend. Suitably attired in strong disposable head to toe coveralls, flexible rubber padded gloves, Dan Dare type goggles and an elaborate full face breathing masks we cracked on - well Mark (my son-in-law to be) did all the dismantling, up and down the ladder and I was general labourer.

It took us about 3 hours to dismantle and a further half hour to double bag and seal the corrugated roof sections, most of which broke on removal. We lugged it all to the front garden then stripped off all outer wear, coveralls, gloves, face masks and goggles and sealed them in double bags and then we had a shower. job well done!

The bags were picked up at the end of the month as promised.

Hope this helps?

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  Belatucadrus 15:47 12 Oct 2015

The Article is specific to Asbestos Cement sheets, where the fibres are contained in a solid cement matrix. In this form it's fairly safe as long as you follow the guidelines and avoid creating hazardous dust with powertools. There is no suggestion that I can see that handling raw asbestos fibres as used in old insulation is anything other than extremely hazardous.

  Bazzaman 16:49 12 Oct 2015

To me the bit at the end of the article initially linked to (The scientific bit) is the most important.

I've always under stood that whilst all asbestos is dangerous, white asbestos is less dangerous, especially in the likes of corrugated sheets where it is embedded in a cement.

Also see:

Also remember my mother having an ironing board with an asbestos rest for the hot iron!!!

  Forum Editor 17:26 12 Oct 2015

".... a further half hour to double bag and seal the corrugated roof sections, most of which broke on removal."

Which really highlights the problem.

As these sheets break they release microscopic fibres into the air, and you can breathe them in. That's the whole point, and it's why you should never, ever attempt to remove these sheets and dispose of them. You do so entirely at your own risk, and the risk is considerable.

  Brumas 17:43 12 Oct 2015

* Forum Editor*, with respect, we were wearing the correct respiratory protective equipment (as worn by licensed contractors) which complied with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. I would definitely not have even considered it otherwise!

  Forum Editor 17:57 12 Oct 2015

I understand that you took precautions, and I'm sure that you were OK, but anyone who undertakes asbestos removal under the regulations you refer to must have a license issued by the HSE.

The type of respirator used must be based on an assessment of the specific risks in any given situation, and sometimes a risk to other people can exist. Licensed contractors are trained to recognise these risks and take appropriate measures to eliminate them.

My job is not to be a wet blanked, but to ensure that we don't publish anything that might encourage others to take it upon themselves to do this kind of work. I'm sure you understand- there was no personal offence intended.

  Brumas 18:16 12 Oct 2015

* Forum Editor*, I can see your point so no offence taken.

  Forum Editor 19:25 12 Oct 2015

Thanks Brumas - we've been together for too long to start offending each other (I hope!).

  Brumas 19:37 12 Oct 2015

* Forum Editor*

Life's too short and it is not a matter of life or death, sound ongoing advice given to me by the psychiatrist or was it the physcologist or maybe both, when I was recovering from a nervous breakdown some 20 years ago.

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