Asbestos Removal equipment

Asbestos main cause of occupational ill health in recent years. The HSE have rigorous regulations and a licencing regime backed up by practical guidance to reduce risk of exposure. Those workers potentially at risk include:

  • Demolition contractors
  • Roofing contractors
  • Construction workers
  • Telecom engineers
  • Fire and burglar alarm installers
  • Electricians
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plumbers
  • Gas fitters
  • Plasterers
  • Shop fitters
  • Builders

This list is not exhaustive but represents the type of occupations that may come across asbestos on a day to day basis.

Asbestos removal equipment standards

It is important that any equipment purchased, hired or used meets these requirements.

  • Negative pressure units - BS 8520-2:2009
  • Wet injection units - BS 8520-1:2009
  • H - Type vacuum cleaners - EN60335-2:2003 Annex AA

In addition BS 8520-3:2009 specifies the code of practice, operation, cleaning, and maintenance of class H vacuum cleaners.

Established in 1983, Envirovac have been at the forefront in the design of asbestos removal equipment and recent developments have brought along the new range of “overpressure machines” which are designed to prevent ingress of dust into the clean end of the machine when operating in very dirty and dusty areas.

As well as designing and manufacturing asbestos removal equipment and machines Envirovac also manufacture and supply mobile air extraction machines to the nuclear industry incorporating filter blockage and power failure alarms both in 110 volt and 415 volt three phase.

Envirovac are also actively involved in general nuisance dust suppression an example of this being removal of dust at source at a facility that packs customer food orders prior to van delivery.

All machines are designed and manufactured by Envirovac and constructed in lightweight durable polypropylene, seam welded for strength and individually tested for electrical safety and filter integrity.

CD 205 (Consultation Document issued by HSC prior to the 2006 Control of Asbestos Regulations) estimates that approximately 1.8 million workers are potentially at risk due to disturbing asbestos during routine work activity.

Those expected to be exposed to asbestos are:

  • Electricians - 280,000
  • Carpenters and joiners - 260,000
  • Plumbers and heating engineers - 170,000
  • Painters and decorators - 150,000
  • Other construction and maintenance workers - 500,000

If you are involved in any of these trades then you must conduct the appropriate risk assessments and have sufficient precautions in place.