ACAD – Asbestos Blasting Techniques Research (ABS)

Asbestos blasting in School building

Posted on 17th November, 2015

Asbestos Blasting Systems (ABS) are occasionally necessary to remove stubborn residual asbestos. ABS can be extremely effective however pose significant additional hazards. We are proud of our commitment to Health and Safety at NIC; working with asbestos it’s a given that it’s our number one priority. 

One of our trade memberships is ACAD (Asbestos Control and Abatement Division). ACAD was set up in 1994 by the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) to meet a need for a trade association to improve the asbestos industry and represent companies working throughout the industry. 

Recently we featured in their magazine as we were researching the additional requirements for abrasive blasting. The Asbestos Liaison Technical Working Group have been developing a Memo on the usage of Abrasive Blasting Systems (ABS) for the removal of stubborn asbestos residue.

Our client Stockport Council was responsible for a school housed within a Grade II listed building. The boiler house within the building contained a large amount of asbestos. The use of Asbestos Blasting Techniques ABS was deemed necessary for the full removal of stubborn asbestos residue that was contained within the brickwork as the project needed to pass a four stage safety clearance at the end of all works.

ABS is a secondary measure used when primary measures are not thought to be viable. To be able to implement the technique we required documented justification with clear and full explanations. 

Hopefully our findings from this project will prove useful for the whole industry and how to safely use ABS.

Northern Insulation Contractors are specialists in Asbestos Removal and Abatement, Thermal Insulation and Specialist Coatings. However large or small your project please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We operate throughout the North of England including Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool and our home ground in Cheshire. 

If you'd like more information about this news item please contact Sarah Costello at NIC

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