Your Duty to Manage ACM Asbestos and Where it is Found
You have a responsibility of keeping yourself and those around you, i.e. your family and friends, safe from danger, regardless of where you live in the world. It’s your duty. This duty extends to the minimisation of health risks from ACM asbestos in the UK. This is because of the duty to manage asbestos in the UK according to the Health and Safety Executive. The Control of Asbestos Regulations in 2012 imposed rules to control the levels of an exposure to asbestos in the UK.
You Have a Duty to Manage ACM Asbestos
This is a given. You may be a health and safety manager at a commercial office building or a resident who wants to see if their family is at risk of damaged ACM asbestos in their homes. Mitigating the health and safety risks from exposure to ACM asbestos is necessary in both these cases. The simple reason for this is that you have a duty to manage asbestos in your homes, offices and wherever there might be ACM or asbestos containing materials.
In the former case, you may need to have timely and regular research and development and asbestos surveys or sampling. There are companies that can help with this management that are licensed professionals of the trade, and if you have no idea where to begin, they are trustworthy options to get ACM asbestos removal.
But What Exactly are ACMs and Where can They be Found?
ACM’s are asbestos containing materials. They may be more common than you think – they are found in most 20th century homes, offices and industrial buildings (like factories). This is because asbestos was used in a plethora of applications and products, and the entire list is too long to cover in this blog.
So as a reference, we have jotted down the most common areas where ACM asbestos can commonly be found in 20th-century buildings. These are:
- Garages, i.e. corrugated asbestos garage roofs
- Factory roofs, again ACM asbestos used in the corrugated roofs.
- Water Tanks as white asbestos used in the cement itself
- Roofing Sheets
- Insulation boards in lofts
- Roofing Tiles
- Artex and other decorative texture coatings used on ceilings
- Boiler Rooms
- Cement in walls, ceilings, floors and roofs
- Lagging in Fire Doors (protective material)
As noted earlier, this list is non-exhaustive. There may be more areas in a commercial or residential setting where ACM asbestos may be found.
Should you Remove it Yourself if you Find it?
Despite what you’re allowed to do, it is not recommended that you remove any of the ACM asbestos materials or areas yourself. There are risks that are simply too grave to ignore. This involves the risks of the fibres from ACM asbestos coming lose and entering your airways, causing irreparable damage over the long-term.
That is why a licensed removal company for ACM asbestos should be hired so that the ACM asbestos materials are removed and disposed of safely and you prevent yourself and your dependents (family or co-workers) from life-threatening diseases.