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Asbestos Mesh Gauze Disposal

The Health Safety Executive (HSE) has become aware of two UK laboratory suppliers that have supplied mesh gauzes with asbestos-containing centres. These mesh gauzes are conventionally used over tripods and Bunsen burners in educational establishments such as universities, schools and colleges. Asbestos is classed as hazardous, and the use and supply is strictly prohibited in the EU/UK. In-line with legal requirements to prevent exposure to asbestos, these gauzes should no longer be used and must be disposed of by a licensed contractor.

Tradebe Labwaste provide nationwide laboratory waste services including compliant packaging, labelling, collection via our substantial network of vehicles and final disposal at our hazardous waste treatment facilities. We are a licensed contractor for disposal and hold the necessary waste carriers license for safe transportation. Our services are available to a range of sectors including educational establishments: colleges, schools and universities.

Any materials, tools that cannot be decontaminated, personal protective equipment and damp rags/wipes that have come into contact with the asbestos-containing gauzes should also be disposed of, including non-asbestos-containing gauzes that have been stored directly alongside asbestos-containing gauzes.

All asbestos waste should be double-bagged or double-wrapped in plastic sheeting, with the correct hazard warning signs attached. Standard practice is to use a red inner bag with asbestos warnings, and a clear outer bag with the CDG label.

If you would like more information about the handling or disposal of asbestos-containing mesh gauze, please contact our Tradebe Labwaste team on: 01455 616 673.

Reference: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2018/hse-investigating-supply-to-schools-of-metal-gauze-mats-which-contain-asbestos/

 
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