Whether you’re the duty holder for a commercial building or in charge of a residential property, it’s essential to be aware of the possible presence of asbestos. Although once a commonly used building material, asbestos is now classified as hazardous waste and has been banned in several countries due to the severe health risks it poses.
Asbestos was completely banned as a building material in the UK by the year 1999. Whilst all constructions built post-2000 are not at risk, any structure built before this year could still contain asbestos and with this in mind, it’s essential to take the right precautions to ensure the safety of your building’s occupants.
While asbestos doesn’t pose much of a risk if it remains intact, it’s likely to release harmful fibres if disturbed during construction work. Asbestos surveys can be instrumental in confirming the presence of asbestos and identifying the best course of action for dealing with it. If you have been advised by professionals, it’s essential for you to pay for the expert removal of asbestos.
So, if you’re wondering whether your home or business requires asbestos removal services, read on to discover ten reasons why paying for professional asbestos removal is a must.
Health and safety
First and foremost, it’s essential to hire asbestos removal services to eliminate potential health risks. As mentioned previously, asbestos was banned in several countries when it was discovered to be linked to many serious health conditions, including certain types of cancer.
If you’re aware that your building contains or could contain asbestos, it’s essential that this is handled and disposed of by a professional in the industry. Not only will they have suitable safety equipment to deal with the substance, but they will also be well versed on other safety precautions to take, and will dispose of asbestos according to official regulations.
Whether you’re in charge of a business or domestic property, nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of you and other occupants. With this in mind, you should never attempt to remove asbestos yourself, but rather err on the side of caution and hire the removal services of a reputable company.
Complying with regulations
When the ban on asbestos was implemented, there were certain rules and regulations put in place to regulate the management of asbestos that was already in situ. The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2009 state that organisations who produce hazardous waste need to register with the Environment Agency and according to the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, asbestos should only be removed and disposed of by contractors with a license issued by the Health and Safety Executive.
It is the responsibility of the duty holder of non-domestic buildings (or communal areas of a domestic building) to manage asbestos in compliance with these rules and to ignore them would be disregarding the law. So, to ensure your asbestos is being handled and disposed of safely and in accordance with official regulations, it’s essential for it to be removed by a licensed service.
On the subject of legality, paying for licensed asbestos removal services will give you peace of mind that you’re not at risk of having a lawsuit filed against you in the future. Tackling asbestos removal yourself is an extremely risky move. Not only are you putting your health and safety in danger, but if you’re not licensed or experienced, there’s always a chance you won’t remove the substance properly, putting other occupants at risk.
In the event that an employee becomes ill as a result of asbestos, they could file a lawsuit against you as the duty holder for not managing the risks according to legislation. So, to both protect the health and safety of your staff and avoid becoming embroiled in a serious legal battle, it’s of paramount importance to leave asbestos management to industry experts.
Increasing property value
If you’re selling a property and you’re aware of asbestos being present somewhere in the structure, it’s your duty to disclose this information to potential buyers. However, it’s very possible that asbestos could deter buyers from investing in your property if they plan on doing any renovations that may disturb it, and may even result in a decrease in property value.
While asbestos removal services will cost you, they’ll likely pay for themselves due to your property’s increased value. Plus, an asbestos-free property is likely to get snapped up much more quickly and with this in mind, it’s worth hiring a removal expert before putting your property on the market.
Relying on trained professionals
While this may seem like an obvious thing to point out, asbestos removal experts are trained professionals who have the skills and expertise required to remove asbestos safely. Further to this, as mentioned previously, they know all the rules and regulations surrounding asbestos removal, giving you peace of mind that it’s being dealt with legally.
Ultimately, attempting to remove asbestos yourself is far too risky on many levels, so it’s always better to leave it to industry professionals.
A cost-effective approach to asbestos disposal
When considering hiring asbestos removal services for your home or business property, one of the things that’s likely to be at the forefront of your mind is cost. Prices for eliminating asbestos will likely vary between companies, and it will also depend on the amount of asbestos present in your property’s structure.
This service can cost hundreds and perhaps even thousands of pounds, and while the price tag may fill you with dread, you can’t put a price on safety. Realistically, this is a small price to pay to ensure no one in your building is at risk of asbestos-related illnesses, and if your building is undergoing renovations that could potentially disturb asbestos, taking asbestos out of the equation will give you peace of mind that everyone in the building is safe.
Saving time with a specialist waste management company
As we’ve already established, industry professionals know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to asbestos removal. Not only will they be trained to handle and dispose of the substance safely, but they’ll also have the skills and expertise needed to complete the job quickly and efficiently. Before you know it, your building will be returned back to a habitable state, and more importantly, it’ll be asbestos-free.
Handling asbestos is extremely risky if you don’t have the required equipment and expertise, but also, it’s a process that’s likely to be disruptive and time-consuming for those without the right experience. So, to save yourself time and stress, it’s advisable to hire asbestos experts to tackle this job for you.
Reliable, eco-friendly hazardous waste disposal
Once asbestos has been extracted from your building structure, it’s of paramount importance for it to be disposed of safely and carefully to ensure it’s no longer a risk. Asbestos experts will have special bags in which to carry asbestos and further to this, they’ll know how to discard it in the safest and most eco-friendly way possible.
Handling, storing, transporting and disposing of asbestos are extremely sensitive processes that must be carried out according to strict rules to ensure the health and safety of those in close proximity. With this in mind, it’s essential to hire licensed asbestos handlers as they will be well versed on every step of the process and will do everything in their power to protect building occupants and the environment.
Approaching a complex process with caution
While on the subject of asbestos removal being a sensitive process, it’s essential to understand just how sensitive it is. One foot wrong could have disastrous consequences, and for those who aren’t properly trained in the various ins and outs of the procedure, this is not a risk worth taking.
With this in mind, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and hire someone who knows exactly what they’re doing. This is a sensible decision for countless reasons, and although it comes at a price, it’s nothing when compared to the comfort you’ll receive in the knowledge that your property is asbestos-free.
Giving you peace of mind
Although this is a point that’s previously been touched upon, it’s an important one to make. If you’re at all unsure about the risk associated with the asbestos in your property, it’s always worth having it removed by a professional for your peace of mind. After all, the reassurance you’ll receive knowing your property is asbestos-free will provide you with relief, and once it’s gone for good, it’s something you’ll never have to worry about again.
So, to rid yourself of any asbestos-related worry, it’s essential for it to be removed by a professional as soon as possible and once this happens, you’ll find it’s a weight off your mind.
At Paul Riddel Skips Limited, we offer a complete waste management service, from skip hire to the disposal of hazardous waste such as asbestos. We dispose of all hazardous items according to the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2009 and we’ll assist you by registering your site with the Environmental Agency to ensure your business is compliant with current regulations.
For more information on the hazardous waste disposal services we provide, contact us today and manage all of your waste efficiently with Paul Riddel Skips Limited.