Asbestos Floor tiles: Removal Guide


Damaged asbestos vinyl floor tiles

Asbestos Floor tiles: Removal Guide

This our 10-step guide on how we remove asbestos floor tiles at your property.

Removing asbestos floor tiles on your own can be risky, as it poses potential health hazards. Asbestos fibers, when disturbed, can become airborne and inhaled, leading to serious health issues such as lung diseases and cancer. Therefore, it is crucial to approach the removal process with extreme caution but more importantly contact an expert like us to arrange for the safe removal.

Step 1: Asbestos Testing:

Identify the presence of asbestos: If you suspect your floor tiles contain asbestos, you should get it tested by us. This may have been picked up on an asbestos survey and now you are ready for the removal.

Step 2: Regulatory Compliance:

All our work is carried out to strict Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations who have many years of experience in carrying out the safe removal of asbestos floor tiles.

Step 3: Professional Consultation:

We will consult you on how we assess the condition of the floor tiles and discuss the most appropriate removal method. Our professional team can provide valuable insights and ensure compliance with safety standards.

Step 4: Notification and Approval:

In the UK, certain asbestos removal projects may require notification to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This is something we have to do as the removal contractor before any work commences. Complete Asbestos Surveys check whether your project falls under this category and obtain any necessary approvals.

Step 5: Protective Measures:

We wear the appropriate protective gear, including a half face mask fitted with a P3 filter, disposable coveralls, gloves, and any other equipment where required. All surfaces that we cannot clean will be sealed during the setup.

Step 6: Containment and Isolation:

We seal off the work area to before the removal commences using polythene sheeting to isolate the space and employ negative air pressure with HEPA-filtered exhaust fans to prevent the escape of asbestos dust where required.

Step 7: Wetting the Material:

Before commencing removal, we will dampen the asbestos floor tiles thoroughly. This reduces the likelihood of asbestos fibers becoming airborne during the removal process.

Step 8: Safe Removal Techniques:

We choose appropriate removal techniques, considering factors such as the condition of the tiles and the scale of the project. This may include wet removal methods or utilizing a controlled enclosure with proper containment.

Step 9: Waste Disposal:

We will bag and seal all asbestos-containing materials securely. Follow the guidelines for asbestos waste disposal. Complete Asbestos are licensed waste carriers to transport the materials to an licensed waste disposal facility.

Step 10: Post-Removal Cleanup and Air Monitoring:

Upon completion we conduct a thorough cleanup of the work area.  At the option of the client we may arrange for air monitoring to ensure that asbestos fibres levels are within acceptable limits, providing further assurance of a safe environment.

Consider a follow-up asbestos survey to ensure no traces of asbestos remain.

Remember, asbestos removal is a highly specialized task that requires expertise and adherence to stringent safety measures. It is strongly recommended to hire an experienced and knowledgeable expert company like us to carry out the asbestos removal. We prioritize safety at every step to protect yourself, your family, and the environment from the potential hazards associated with asbestos exposure.

Red asbestos vinyl floor tiles damaged and asbestos containing adhesive
Damaged asbestos floor tiles and adhesive


Q. Why is it so important to hire a professional for asbestos floor tile removal instead of attempting it myself?

A. Attempting asbestos floor tile removal without professional expertise can pose significant health risks. Asbestos fibers, when disturbed, can become airborne and inhaled, leading to severe health issues such as lung diseases and cancer. Professionals have the necessary training, equipment, and experience to safely handle asbestos removal, minimizing the risk of exposure to you and your family.

Q. What are the potential health risks associated with asbestos exposure, and how does professional removal mitigate these risks?

A. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health conditions, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Professional asbestos removal companies adhere to strict safety measures and regulations, such as wearing appropriate protective gear, sealing off work areas, and utilizing wet removal methods to minimize the release of asbestos fibres into the air. By following these procedures, professionals reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos during the removal process, thereby safeguarding your health.

Q. What specific safety measures and regulations should I expect a professional asbestos removal company to adhere to during the removal process?

A. A reputable asbestos removal company should comply with all relevant health and safety regulations, such as those set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This includes conducting thorough asbestos testing to identify the presence of asbestos, obtaining necessary approvals for removal projects, wearing proper protective gear, isolating work areas, employing wet removal techniques, and ensuring proper disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Additionally, professional companies may offer post-removal clean-up and air monitoring services to provide further assurance of a safe environment.

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