What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. Before its dangers were known, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing and sprayed on ceilings and walls. It is now banned in the UK. Buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them. If the asbestos-containing materials inside these buildings remain intact, they pose very little risk.
It’s only when these materials are damaged or disturbed that tiny asbestos fibres can be released into the air and breathed into your lungs.
The symptoms of asbestos-related disease take many years – even decades – to appear after the original exposure to asbestos, so exposure a long time ago might only be showing up as a disease today.
In buildings built pre-2000 it is highly likely that materials containing asbestos will be present and where work involving possible disturbance is possible through alterations and demolition an asbestos survey is required to take place. We can provide asbestos surveys to help manage asbestos at your premises or site.
A survey provides accurate information on the location, amount and condition of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). It includes the assessment of the level of damage or deterioration in the ACMs and whether remedial action is required.
The survey provides a record of the location of any asbestos, through an asbestos register, and provides an asbestos plan of the building(s). Importantly it provides valuable information to help identify all the ACMs to be removed before refurbishment work or demolition can take place.
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