Is it Licensable?
Below you will find details of typical licensable and non-licensable materials. The lists are a guide only.
Non-licensable Asbestos Materials
These are general low risk materials and can be removed by competent contractors who are insured to work with asbestos. Many trades still believe that because some materials have been declassified they can remove them themselves. This is not true and specialist training and insurance is required, although a licence it not.
Non-licensable materials can include:
- Asbestos Cement
- Textured Coatings (i.e. Artex)
- Thermoplastic Vinyl Floor Tiles & Coverings
- Composite Resin Materials
The above may become licensable depending on the condition of the material, and likelihood of fibre release.
These are generally higher risk materials which release asbestos fibres more easily. Work on these materials is strictly restricted to contractors who are licensed by the Health & Safety Executive.
These materials can include:
- Any material described as "insulation"
- Sprayed Asbestos Coatings
- Pipe & Boiler Lagging
- Asbestos Paper & Cardboard
- Millboard and Insulation Board
These examples are not limited to the materials above, any asbestos which may give rise to high levels of asbestos fibres (i.e. badly damaged materials) must be dealt with by a licensed contractor under suitably controlled conditions. More information about the control limits and exposure levels can be found on the HSE website or you can call us on 0845 269 1212 for free advice.
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