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Question 498 October 2006

Asbestos Management when less than 0.03% of waste to be generated

I have a concrete air duct structure (approx. 48 cubic metres, 115 tons concrete) to demolish. On the internal surfaces of the air duct there have been strips of white asbestos rope seal stuck onto the wall by a bitumen material. The bulk of the strips have been removed years ago (probably before the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations).

There remains on the internal surface of the wall some small residues of the asbestos rope seal. The bitumen material fixing the asbestos constitutes 0.03% of the total waste to be generated, therefore the small amount of asbestos still present will be much less than 0.03% of the waste to be generated.

During discussions with two different asbestos licensed contractors one has suggested leaving the material insitu during demolition and the other has proposed the removal of any asbestos material still present.

Which interpretation is correct? Can the asbestos be left there because of the small quantities and the structure demolished and waste disposed of? Or does the asbestos material have to be removed using an approved method?


The following 4 companies answered this question:

  • CROWN Europe Group Services
  • Dow Corning Ltd
  • Homeserve plc
  • Marshalls Plc

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