IMS are at the final stages of achieving a licensing for the removal of asbestos. Asbestos Licensing is a “permision regime” governed by The Health and Safety Commission (HSC). Asbestos is classified as a category 1 carcinogen, with asbestos related disease causing around 5000 deaths every year in the UK. Work with asbestos requires a high degree of regulatory control and by obtaining the said license IMS will be showing needed competency to achieve this. Work activities as a sample will include the following:
- Removing sprayed coatings (limpet asbestos)
- removal or other work which may disturb pipe lagging
- any work involving loose fill insulation
- work on asbestos millboard
- cleaning up significant quantities of loose/fine debris containing ACM dust (where the work is not sporadic and of low intensity, the control limit will be exceeded or it is not short duration work)
- work on AIB, where the risk assessment indicates that it will not be of short duration
Once the licensing is obtained, asbestos removal by IMS will be consigned under the relevant waste rules which include a “duty of care”. That duty of care means, amongst other things, that IMS shall prevent escape of the waste whilst it is in their control. All movements by IMS will be accompanied by a hazardous/special waste consignment note in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.