Licensed and Non-Licensed Asbestos Removal Work
Most work with asbestos needs to be carried out by a licensed contractor. This includes work on asbestos coating and asbestos lagging and work on asbestos insulation or asbestos insulating board (AIB) where the risk assessment demonstrates that the fibre release will be high, e.g. the material is badly damaged, or the work is not short duration work.
‘Short duration’ means any one person doing this type of work for less than one hour, or more people doing the work for a total of less than two hours, in any seven consecutive days. The total time spent by all workers must not exceed two hours. This includes time spent setting up, cleaning and clearing up.
Non-licensed work includes work on asbestos-containing textured coatings and asbestos cement.
From April 2012, some non-licensed work, where the risk of fibre release is greater, is subject to three additional requirements – notification of work, medical examinations and record keeping (the requirement for medical examinations does not come into force until April 2015). This work is known as notifiable non-licensed work (NNLW).
To decide if the work is NNLW, you will need to consider the type of work you are going to carry out, the type of material you are going to work on and its condition.