Asbestos Remover Jobs

The word asbestos comes from the Greek word meaning indestructible, and it has been known by many different names since it was first discovered. In the twenty first century, it has widely acknowledged to be a killer. This fibrous non combustible material is no longer allowed due to the serious health risks. As there are many million homes in the UK containing this product, we can be sure that many will be demolished or renovated as time goes on. However, we now know that moving or uncovering these fibres in any way can be lethal. Even though it has been known as dangerous for decades, it is only relatively recently that there has been legislation as to its safe handling. Certified professionals must have the appropriate qualifications in order to develop abatements programs in all school and public buildings.

What do Asbestos Removers do?

In the early twentieth century, it was becoming increasingly difficult for workers to be insured if they worked with this substance. To be able to remove or renovate this offending stuff in the twenty first century, you must be qualified. Even to check whether this matter exists around a home or office requires appropriate qualifications. These trained people are required to wear the correct protective clothing from head toe. Once it is certified that the substance is present, they will soak it to ensure that no fibres can escape into the atmosphere. They are also required to wear proper breathing apparatus. There are currently many advertisements for this type of position throughout the UK, so it follows that there are quite a few vacancies for qualified people. How does one get qualified?


There is an association that has been in operation for more than thirty years specifically to deal with this work. This organisation provides training as well representing the interests of the contractors undertaking this work. They also participate in site audit accreditation to ensure that standards remain high. The training covers all aspects and includes detecting, handling, removing and consulting. There are regional training centres right across the country for every possible scenario from awareness courses through to supervisor courses. These can be found on the ARCA website: http://www.arca.org.uk/. Accreditations include certificates for ‘burning’ Oxyacetylene cutting and this is required for most positions. A yearly refresher is also required in most cases.

How much could I earn?

Due to increased awareness, legislation and ageing buildings requiring renovation, there are many opportunities to gain plenty of work in this area. People doing this job can work for any number of large or small businesses undertaking this work, or take on work as a contractor. These jobs are quite diverse and required operatives range from managers, supervisors, analysts, surveyors, and drivers. It appears that workers can earn from one hundred and ten GBP per shift to forty five thousand GBP per annum. The average salary is between twenty five and thirty five thousand GBP per annum with benefits, although remuneration will depend on qualifications and experience.