PPC on removing old adhesives
ASBESTOS-containing materials (ACMs) can still be found in many pre-1986 buildings. Asbestos used to be mixed with cement and particles and small percentages have been evident in flooring adhesives, used to secure a wide variety of finished floorcoverings.
All removal work must be undertaken by a specialist contractor holding the correct certification and their employees trained and qualified in the removal and disposal of asbestos related materials, without causing hazard to themselves, other trades and the public.
Projects must be monitored and documentation outlining the works submitted to HSE.
The Preparation Group’s contracting division PPC was contracted by the council to remove floor adhesive containing traces of asbestos from a block of flats in Huddersfield, that were due for demolition.
The building comprised of 10 floors and equipment had to be manually lifted to each level as the lift had been disabled. The company’s Liberator 250 grinder fitted with a PCD (Polycrystalline Diamond) Plate was used, with 9in hand grinders fitted with PCD discs employed to complete the edges.
Debris and fine dust particles were collected safely by an M450 industrial vacuum fitted with an ‘H’ grade filter and the contaminated material, contained in special asbestos bags.
The total area of 1,413sq m took six days to complete. The contaminated material represented a small percentage of the overall structure so by disposing of this element separately, it meant the whole building wasn’t classed as contaminated waste, thus reducing environmental impact and costs.
The project would have taken substantially longer without PCDs. For project advice or a demonstration on PCDs, contact PPC on the below details.