Malrod Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal From a School

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What are the risks of asbestos exposure in schools?

As many are aware; asbestos is a dangerous material and can often cause fatal diseases when its harmful fibres are inhaled or ingested. The ills of asbestos do not become apparent immediately after the fibre goes in and the latency period can be as long as 30-40 years between exposure and onset of symptoms.This means if left to deteriorate; asbestos can cause health-related risks to anyone who comes into contact with the substance: including children and young people in schools.

Where is asbestos commonly found in schools?

In school buildings; asbestos was commonly used in the ceiling tiles, textured wall coatings, floor tiles, pipe lagging (boilers), sprayed asbestos for thermal insulation, guttering and cement roofing.When treating asbestos in schools; its important work of this delicate nature is treated with precision and accuracy. Hiring licensed asbestos removers is therefore imperative.

Undertaking asbestos removal at schools

The beginning of the asbestos removal process is through a survey report completed by a licensed surveyor. This report will include a risk evaluation.The report assesses the possibility of fibre release during the course of school activities. This determines whether or not the building would need an asbestos treatment plan.During the assessment, the asbestos removal contractor will ensure:

  1. The removal work complies with safe working procedures.
  2. Any breach of safe working procedure is reported to the design supervisor for the building.
  3. Decontamination is carried out on an ongoing basis.
  4. Transit procedures are adhered to.
  5. Contaminated waste is securely stored for removal.
  6. Daily air monitoring of the areas outside removal zone are carried out.
  7. General security of the site is maintained to prevent accidental incursions.

There are many professional outfits (such as Malrod) that cater to asbestos removal in schools. School authorities must bear in mind that only approved asbestos removal contractors are hired for removing and disposing of asbestos during refurbishing projects and under no circumstances should unapproved contractors be given the task. Unskilled contractors can do more harm than good during asbestos removal by disturbing the fibre and putting everyone around at risk.

In the UK, the disposal of asbestos containing materials is the subject of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations, 2006 S.I. no. 504 of 2006 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) (Amendment) Regulation 2010 S.I. no. 589/2010.

Who is responsible for asbestos management and removal in schools?

The Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos regulations of 2012 defines a duty holder’ as anyone who has the responsibility of maintenance and repair of non domestic premises (this includes schools). In the majority of schools, the duty holder is the employer.Employers may vary from school to school. In case of voluntary controlled schools, people referral units, community special schools and community schools, the employer will be the local civil authority. It will be school governors for free schools, foundation schools and academies. In case of independent schools, duty holder will be the proprietor, governor or the trustees.

In cases where the finances to manage buildings are delegated to school itself by the authorities of the city, the responsibility of asbestos removal rests jointly with the local authority and the school. Both the parties will therefore qualify as duty holders for asbestos management and removal.At places where asbestos is in good condition and there is no probability of fibre release, it’s best to leave asbestos untouched. However, this decision requires a sound assessment of the condition of ACM and its possibility of releasing fibre in future.For more information on asbestos removal in schools, contact Malrod today on: 01942 811591.

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