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    A friend has asked me about the removal of textured coatings from concrete walls and ceilings within flats due for demolition in Scotland.  The plan is to scrape the textured coating AFARP and for the remaining residues to remain on the concrete.  Following demolition, the concrete is due to be crushed and re-used on the site.   The special waste regulations allow for 0.1% asbestos in waste materials (obviously not a whole asbestos product).  From a belt and braces compliance perspective, is there any other justification for this course of action, or any justification as to why this course of action may not be legally appropriate.

    Many thanks.


    Interesting question that requires more answers before commenting further.

    Is the type of textured coating known, and is its Asbestos content known?

    How smooth is the concrete or is it heavily pitted (which would leave recognisable Asbestos debris after scraping)?

    For this situation let us say that it is similar to Artex at approximately 3% by volume and the concrete is smooth. In such a situation <0.001% (or trace) should be achievable. I understand that trace quantities of Asbestos cannot legally be classified as Asbestos, therefore, the Waste would be classified as Non-Hazardous as it wouldn’t contain any Asbestos.

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