Higham ensure that all operatives on site have completed UKATA ‘Category A’ Asbestos Awareness, the ability to identify asbestos is an essential skill. A team of UKATA ‘Category B’ Non-Licensed Asbestos Removal trained operatives are also retained, ensuring Higham are fundamentally competent to advise and undertake projects involving asbestos containing materials (ACMs).
Asbestos costs in the region of 5,000 people per year their life in the UK alone. The health risk it poses through inhalation when disturbed along with its fragility make it obligatory to manage or remove.
Asbestos Cement Roofing remains a common feature on buildings, predominantly industrial structures in the United Kingdom. The properties of asbestos are that it is – A retardant of heat and flame, has high tensile strength, poor thermal conductivity, is resistant to alkalis and acids, is hydrophobic (repels water) and is ultimately inexpensive. These properties made it a desirable product to building owners and specifiers of the era. Detrimentally, the early reports of implications to health were ignored. It is essential that ACM’s are handled in the correct manor to minimise the risk to those removing.