RICS Draft Guidance Note: Asbestos - legal requirements and best practice for property professionals and clients (4th edition)

RICS Asbestos 4th edition consultation draft

Appendix E: Licensed and non-licensed work

Examples of the different types of asbestos work have been taken from the HSE website.

Non-licensed removal

  • asbestos cement products (e.g. roof sheeting and guttering), provided the material is carefully handled and can be removed without breaking up; this includes work with asbestos cement that is weathered but not otherwise substantially damaged
  • textured coatings (Artex) by removing the plasterboard backing as well to achieve virtually intact removal
  • loosely fixed (i.e. screwed) AIB panels in order to gain access to areas for maintenance activities, e.g. to a ceiling void to repair lighting
  • doors fire-proofed with AIB by demounting at the hinges and disposal intact
  • drilling into Artex for the installation of fixtures or fittings
  • encapsulation and sealing of ACMs in good condition
  • maintenance work on asbestos gaskets, including removal as part of repair and upkeep of equipment, and
  • maintenance work involving floor tiles, bitumen roofing felt, brake linings and mastics.

Notifiable non-licensed removal

  • asbestos cement products (e.g. roofing sheets) where the material has been substantially damaged or broken up (e.g. as a result of fire or flood damage)
  • asbestos cement products where the removal activity will mean the material will be substantially broken up, creating significant quantities of dust and debris (e.g. demolishing an asbestos cement roof), and
  • large-scale removal of Artex using steaming or gelling methods (e.g. beyond that required for maintenance activities such as installation/replacement of smoke alarms and fittings).

Licensed removal

  • asbestos sprayed coatings
  • asbestos insulation from boilers and pipes, and
  • Most work with AIB.