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The Five Step Success Plan for handling Asbestos Roofs

The plan below will help keep you within the law but if you want to make it simple for yourself have you thought about employing a specialist contractor? We work with a team of experienced and qualified professionals to get your project completed with care and on time.

The plan below will help keep you within the law but if you want to make it simple for yourself have you thought about employing a specialist contractor? We work with a team of experienced and qualified professionals to get your project completed with care and on time.

  1. Stay Legal
  2. Survey the Situation
  3. Stay Safe
  4. Dispose of Waste Diligently
  5. Finish with Finesse!

It’s not usually until something goes wrong that you worry about your asbestos roof, however as soon as there is a fault and fibres are exposed, you may find yourself in a dangerous situation which needs immediate attention to rectify it.

Unfortunately, the accountability lies solely with the business occupier, even if the building isn’t owned by the business, and you are simply managing it or renting it, it is your responsibility to make sure that work to your asbestos complies with HSE regulations.

The roofing contractor will issue a method statement, however, it is your sole duty to make sure the asbestos roofing contractor follows it, this is not a task to be taken casually as health and legal crises can result from mediocre management.

By following these five steps you’ll ensure you’re well informed and will protect yourself from any lawsuits or hazards resulting from work to your asbestos roof:

1. Always Stay Legal

You cannot avoid the law with asbestos roofing, nor can you take any shortcuts. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has strict guidelines which must be followed when handling or treating asbestos.

Failure to follow the guidelines can result in dangerous fibres being released, putting you, the general public and your employees at risk. Quite simply, their lives are in your hands. Any deviation from the rules could potentially result in a huge fine and additional penalties.

To give you an example in 2008 R Maskell Limited incurred a fine totalling almost £200,000 for leaving asbestos debris around the site when having an asbestos roof removed. The HSE inspector viewed this as a gross act of misconduct, as fibres could have been released into the air.

2. Survey the Situation

Once made aware of asbestos in your roof, you must take the steps to deal with it. In many cases the roof is in a reasonable state of repair and simply needs a specialised coating, such as Fibroseal to encapsulate the fibres, make it weather tight and prolong it’s life.

More information on your choice of coatings can be found on this website at Asbestos Roof Coatings.

However, damage normally alerts business owners to an asbestos roof, a leak, a crack or a huge hole can all be potentially dangerous, not just because of the elements destroying your equipment but because of the fibres that could be released into the air. The HSE has good advice for repairing asbestos roofs and accepts no excuses for denial.

Asbestos roofs are fragile and as such should be treated with the utmost care, this is where it is usually best to hire a roofing contractor as they are well versed in all the legalisations surrounding the handling of your asbestos roof, however no matter how skilled they are it is still your job to oversee the work.

For example, a company in Hampshire were fined £12,000 when found to be using a pressure washer on their asbestos roof, and thus disturbing the fibres inside which spread to twelve industrial units, they were forced to pay the decontamination fees resulting in a penalty of a half a million pounds.

3. Stay Safe

No matter who you employ to work on your asbestos roof, the responsibility of their safety is your liability. Asbestos roofs fall into the fragile category, so you and your contractor must take the appropriate safety measures.

Falls through fragile surfaces account for 22% of all the fatal accidents that result from a fall from height in the construction injury.

4. Dispose Discarded Waste Diligently!

It is your responsibility to ensure the waste is disposed of in the correct manner, it cannot be thrown out with your usual industrial waste, and so you must find a licenced waste carrier that can collect and dispose of your industrial or commercial asbestos litter. Depending on how much you produce, you may need to register as a hazardous waste producing site, visit our asbestos in your area page for advice for your area.

5. Finish with Finesse!

The HSE recommends you keep a record of all work that has been carried out and where asbestos was found or treated. This should be regularly inspected and records should be routinely updated to keep an eye on the situation.

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