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

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