Asbestos Encapsulation Advice
Guide on encapsulation of asbestos containing materials in non-domestic buildings
Asbestos encapsulation provides an acceptable, safe and cheaper alternative to removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM). Encapsulation of asbestos is the process in which impervious material coatings are applied securely and safely over or around an asbestos containing material, preventing the release of asbestos dust and fibres.
The process of encapsulating an ACM should protect the properties of the original asbestos application, ensuring its composition and characteristics remain safe and unchanged. Guidelines for encapsulation of asbestos containing materials were developed following comprehensive testing of ACMs during the nineteen eighties.
Experts agree that in good condition, asbestos containing materials can be left undisturbed, especially where removal and subsequent disposal can create increased risk. Regulations governing the containment of asbestos provide guidelines on procedures and methods for encapsulation of asbestos containing materials as part of an effective asbestos management plan.
An approved asbestos surveying company will typically provide the following results/recommendations:
• Licensing requirements
• Insurance requirements
• Procedures and techniques for encapsulating asbestos
• The best time to apply encapsulation
• Techniques for applying encapsulating liquids