MCL (Kent) Ltd-Asbestos-Removal

UKATA Associate Member

MCL (Kent) Ltd, as a general builder and property maintenance company, are able to remove, encapsulate and dispose of all types of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) from your premises efficiently and in compliance with the following regulations: Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012, ACOP L143 ‘Managing and working with asbestos’,

Following an asbestos risk assessment all ACMs that are in poor condition, which could be vulnerable to accidental disturbance during routine maintenance, or prior to major refurbishment or demolition works, must be removed.

At MCL (Kent) Ltd our team of highly trained staff work to the highest possible standards to ensure work is completed safely, quickly and on budget. Stringent quality control is enforced throughout and we always ensure that the premises and surrounding areas are completely safe from asbestos on completion of works.

A management asbestos survey will locate the presence and extent of any suspect asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) within the building that could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy or maintenance activities. We will remove representative samples for testing by a UKAS accredited laboratory for the presence of asbestos and provide you with a full report.

A refurbishment/demolition survey is necessary before any refurbishment or demolition work can be carried out. This will locate and describe all of the Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in a specified area or the whole building if demolition is planned. All such ACMs should be removed from the area prior to major refurbishment or demolition.

3 reasons why you should use MCL (Kent) Ltd for your asbestos removal

1. Health, Safety and Environmental Focused

Health, Safety and the Environment are of paramount importance to us no matter the size of project. Our team of industry professionals receive ongoing training to ensure relentless compliance with all regulatory requirements for asbestos removal and encapsulation

2. Competitive Prices and The Highest Quality Service

At MCL (Kent) Ltd we are committed to providing the highest quality service while continually looking for ways to lower our costs. We treat each project with the same stringent attention to detail. Big or small, commercial or domestic; we guarantee the highest standard of service.

3. The MCL (Kent) Ltd Team Attitude

Our operatives are fully trained, hardworking and passionate about putting safety first when it comes to asbestos removal and encapsulation. Our team will treat you and your property with the utmost respect from initial meetings, through surveys, sampling and asbestos abatement (removal & encapsulation) leaving your property clean and tidy.

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 link to external website[1] came into force on 6 April 2012, updating previous asbestos regulations to take account of the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented the EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC).

In practice the changes are fairly limited. They mean that some types of non-licensed work with asbestos now have additional requirements, ie notification of work, medical surveillance and record keeping. All other requirements remain unchanged.

What has stayed the same?

  • If existing asbestos containing materials are in good condition and are not likely to be damaged, they may be left in place; their condition monitored and managed to ensure they are not disturbed.
  • If you’re responsible for maintenance of non-domestic premises, you have a ‘duty to manage[2]‘ the asbestos in them, to protect anyone using or working in the premises from the risks to health that exposure to asbestos causes.
  • If you want to do any building or maintenance work in premises, or on plant or equipment that might contain asbestos, you need to identify where it is and its type and condition; assess the risks, and manage and control these risks.
  • The requirements for licensed work remain the same: in the majority of cases, work with asbestos needs to be done by a licensed contractor[3]. This work includes most asbestos removal, all work with sprayed asbestos coatings and asbestos lagging and most work with asbestos insulation and asbestos insulating board (AIB).
  • If you are carrying out non-licensed asbestos work, this still requires effective controls[4].
  • The control limit for asbestos is 0.1 asbestos fibres per cubic centimetre of air (0.1 f/cm3). The control limit is not a ‘safe’ level and exposure from work activities involving asbestos must be reduced to as far below the control limit as possible.
  • Training[5] is mandatory for anyone liable to be exposed to asbestos fibres at work. This includes maintenance workers and others who may come into contact with or disturb asbestos (eg cable installers), as well as those involved in asbestos removal work.

What has changed?

  • From 6 April 2012, some non-licensed work needs to be notified[6] to the relevant enforcing authority.
  • From 6 April 2012, brief written records should be kept of non-licensed work, which has to be notified eg copy of the notification with a list of workers on the job, plus the level of likely exposure of those workers to asbestos. This does not require air monitoring on every job, if an estimate of degree of exposure can be made based on experience of similar past tasks or published guidance.
  • By April 2015, all workers/self employed doing notifiable non-licensed work with asbestos must be under health surveillance by a Doctor. Workers who are already under health surveillance for licensed work need not have another medical examination for non-licensed work. BUT medicals for notifiable non-licensed work are not acceptable for those doing licensed work.
  • Some modernisation of language and changes to reflect other legislation, eg the prohibition section has been removed, as the prohibition of supply and use of asbestos is now covered by REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2006).