Kent Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal in Kent

Asbestos Removal in Kent

Ballman Roofing provide asbestos removal services for:

* Corrugated sheeting
* Eaves asbestos sheet
* Soffit asbestos
* Asbestos slate roofs

Safe removal or encasing of asbestos corrugated sheet roofs

The recommendations that local council provide with regard to asbestos is to leave it undisturbed, wherever possible. The problem that occurs with asbestos roofs is that once the sheets become porous, they are very difficult to make water tight again.

Removal of asbestos is costly, therefore our solution is to keep the asbestos in place and encase the roof with a new sheeted roof and skirting, giving a completely new roof leaving no evidence of the remaining asbestos sheeting from the outside.

Ballman Roofing Contractors are approved by the Environmental Agency to carry waste so we can remove, dispose and install a fresh new roof coating of your choice, if preferred.

Kent Roof and General Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance, so some asbestos fibres are naturally liberated into the atmosphere. Everybody is exposed to some asbestos fibres at times, whether working under an asbestos cement roof, playing in the local park or sailing across the ocean. At very low natural levels they do not cause a danger, they become dangerous when the level of free fibres is increased by the inappropriate use by man.

The Asbestos had a total ban imposed on 24 November 1999, including the selling and fixing of asbestos containing products. This ban extends to selling and fixing second-hand asbestos cement products. It does not affect the sale of property that contains any asbestos cement product.

  • Asbestos materials, which are sound, undamaged and not releasing fibres should not be disturbed. Their condition should be monitored on a regular basis.
  • Where possible, damaged materials should be repaired and then protected as necessary, provided that the repair or sealing will be durable and not likely to be disturbed.
  • Removal should only be performed where repair is not possible or the material is likely to be disturbed.

Asbestos Removal and Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published in 1999 guidance in the form of ‘Working with Asbestos Cement’.  Other important reading is the Approved Code of Practice ‘Working with materials containing asbestos’.   Control of Asbestos Regulations should be required reading for anyone working on products, which may contain asbestos.

Measures Ballman Roofing take regarding cement asbestos removal

  • We carry out a risk assessment and method statement to ensure that the risk is reduced to the minimum possible, set out in the Control of Asbestos Regulations.
  • Ensuring when our operatives work on asbestos containing products they are adequately trained.
  • Our operatives wear a disposable mask that is CE marked to EN 149 with FFP3 particulate filters and disposable overalls, which are be disposed of at the end of the shift as asbestos waste.
  • When working at height, we follow the advice in HSG 33 Health and safety in roof work (1998). Old asbestos cement sheets are very fragile.
  • Keeping the material wet when working on it reduces fibres becoming separated.