If your building has asbestos it does not always need to be removed. If the asbestos is in good condition or just needs some small repairs then encapsulation can sometimes be the better solution.
The dangers of asbestos fibre release are generally not that well known. Clearly, there is a need to take safety measures to prevent this from occurring. Under current Health & Safety Executive (HSE) regulations, if the asbestos is in good condition, an in place management plan is an option.
Too frequently, however, the asbestos is left in place, unprotected. Permits to work are included in our Management Plans and issued to maintenance staff and contractors prior to commencement of any work within the areas containing asbestos. Everyone who has asbestos needs to have in place a management plan. Within this management plan encapsulation can be included. Reasons to encapsulate here are a few examples
- A greater level of protection for your staff, maintenance staff and contractors
- Sealing the asbestos greatly reduces the risk to heath
- Removal needs to have areas vacated, with all the disruption this causes, whereas encapsulation can be performed without evacuation.
- The area where the asbestos is may be inaccessible.
- In most instances encapsulation is a cheaper option than removal.
- Better for the environment
Encapsulating is a method of covering the asbestos with high performance coatings to protect against further aging degradation, movement (vibration) or accidental knocks and scrapes. In most instances this is a one off treatment.
Removal is an alternative but there are many factors that have to be taken into account. It is high risk for contamination which is why removal companies must be licensed by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and there is the high additional cost of asbestos waste disposal.
Encapsulation moves you away from these situations by keeping the asbestos in a safe and controlled condition. Ring now to find out more about encapsulation.