What is ‘asbestos abatement’ and ‘asbestos remediation’?

What is ‘asbestos abatement’ and ‘asbestos remediation’?

Some Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) are more vulnerable to damage and therefore more likely to release fibres than others. ACM’s which are in good condition, sealed and/or repaired are unlikely to be disturbed and can be left in situ. When ACM’s are disturbed, they are likely to release airborne fibres which can then pose a risk to health.

The term ‘asbestos abatement’ is used to refer to procedures that are used to control fibre release from asbestos containing materials in a building, or to remove the materials entirely. Remediation can include removal, encapsulation by way of over boarding or encasement and finally repair.
‘Asbestos abatement’ and ‘asbestos remediation’ is a specialist service and should only be undertaken by competent contractors.

How do you know the company you are appointing is competent?

Damaged asbestos or a legacy issue?

Many removal jobs in the past were not carried out to a high specification and quantities of asbestos debris may remain in an area supposedly now free of asbestos. A number of buildings are also still requiring surveys, once identified asbestos management and often remediation is required.

Summit Environmental and Asbestos Remediation Management

Managing an asbestos repair or removal contract can be a time-consuming and complex business. We work for our clients and ensure we provide appropriate guidance to our client. Our advice and consultancy services can be based around;

• Enabling and Planning – Writing asbestos removal specifications and tender documentation, completing tenders and appointment of approved Licensed Asbestos Removal Contractors (LARC’s). This can also include audits and vetting of method statements and plans of work.

• During – Full site management and supervision of contractors, with provision of UKAS accredited asbestos fibre air monitoring.

• On completion – We can update asbestos registers following works and complete site audits and investigations.

Contact us at Summit Environmental if you have asbestos that needs management, remediation management during removal or any of our bespoke services above.

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