Non-Licensed Asbestos Removal
What is Non-Licensed asbestos removal?
Non- Licensed Asbestos Removal is also know as NNLW (Notifiable Non-Licenced Work). This work is mainly for less hazardous Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs) where you are knowingly going to break the material containing asbestos to remove it. In this instance, you still need to notify to the HSE, but this can be done on the same day via the HSE web portal. A RAMS (Risk Assessment Method Statement or Plan of Work) still needs to be produced for these works and site operatives still require the correct level of training.
This work doesn’t require a licensed contractor but all contractors must satisfy the following from 30 April 2015:
- All workers carrying out NNLW (Notifiable Non-Licenced Work) projects will need to have had a medical examination (chest and a lung function test)
- Operatives carrying out NNLW (Notifiable Non-Licenced Work) must be able to demonstrate competency
- Employers need to keep a register (health record – including the nature and duration of work) for 40 years of NNLW (Notifiable Non-Licenced Work)with asbestos for each employee exposed to asbestos
NNLW (Notifiable Non-Licenced Work) can also cover some high risk licensed asbestos removal work that is carried over a short duration.
Asbestos-containing materials, including cement sheets and floor tiles, will be non-licensed when they’re kept in good condition. However, some types may become more friable when they’re worked on and this will require the appropriate regulatory body to be informed. This would then be classed as NNLW.
Products which are usually considered non-licensed include
- asbestos cement
- asbestos textured coatings
- asbestos floor tiles
- asbestos textiles
- asbestos composites
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