Legislation on PCBs is not quite clear. However, the following rules apply in connection with the management and redevelopment of PCBs:
- PCB is considered as hazardous waste. For hazardous waste applies, that it must be segregated from other waste and disposed for special treatment.
- The client has the responsibility to ensure that hazardous wastes are disposed properly.
- The municipality provides, locations on which waste with PCBs should be disposed of.
- Work with hazardous waste is classified as hazardous work. Specific health and safety regulations applies.
- The employer has the duty to ensure that the staff in connection with the work are not exposed to health hazards. The employer has duty to provide suitable protective equipment available for the employees
- The client is obliged to inform the contractor about the specific risks associated with the performance of the actual work.
- Advisory and project controllers must ensure that specific risks are assessed and, where possible, being reduced.
- Advisory and project controllers must ensure that information on the specific risks is described and incorporated into the project material.
- The employer has the duty to ensure that the employees are instructed in the correct execution.
- PCB is in may ways reminiscent of asbestos, and therefore, it is recommended that you largely follow the same guidelines for construction and renovation projects, as are applicable to asbestos.
The Danish Working Environment Authorities – Arbejdstilsynet/AT – prescribed limit for PCB in air is 10,000 ng/m3 (0.01 mg/m3), see. AT-guide for substances and materials – C. 0.1. This limit value is thus the applicable to PCB in the air in workplaces. By PCB-removal and disposal work this is thus the limit value required.
The Danish Health Agency – Sundhedsstyrelsen – has determined the following indicative limit values for PCBs in indoor air:
More than 3,000 ng PCB/m3 air implies that intervention has to be conducted without undue delay
300-3000 ng PCB/m3 air means that in the longer term, action is to be taken to bring the concentration below 300 ng/m3.
If you have suspicions of PCB-containing materials on your property, it will always be the advisable to contact professional help.
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