Through the ages asbestos has had many incarnations. Fallen out of fashion and back in somewhere on this vast planet. However, the 1970′ through the 1980’s proved a Coup de gras for the material. The US 1973, under the EPA’s Clean Air Act, most spray-applied asbestos products were banned for fireproofing and insulating purposes.
And in 1989, the EPA issued the Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule, which hoped to impose a full ban on the manufacturing, importation, processing and sale of asbestos-containing products. Similar finding in the UK around mesothelioma caused; Blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos to be banned in 1985. White (chrysotile) asbestos was not included in this initial ban.
White (chrysotile) asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, nearly 15 years after the first asbestos bans. This 1999 ban made the manufacture and supply of all asbestos products illegal in the UK..
The main reason for the UK being late to the game was because asbestos was used so much before the ban, that it is present in hundreds of thousands of buildings in the UK. While the ban prevented asbestos materials being used in construction going forward, it did not ban asbestos materials already in use.
Existing asbestos materials can stay in use until they reach the end of their service life. Some asbestos materials are used right down to the building structure, so the only way they can be removed will be by demolishing the building itself.Asbestos containing materials can be found throughout buildings in the UK.
Even though asbestos materials cannot be used in construction projects today, most construction workers still need to be aware of asbestos and asbestos is still an important topic.Although it is banned, you are still likely to find asbestos if you work in buildings or structures built before 2000.
There are now stringent asbestos handling a disposal produces and under no circumstance is an untrained person to touch or dispose of asbestos. So, in order to remain lawful and safe contact us here at Enterprise Waste Management and we will put an asbestos plan in place.
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