What is Asbestos and why is it dangerous?
Asbestos is a term to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, schools, hospitals etc) and includes:
- Pipe and boiler insulation;
- Insulation boards used for ceilings, partition walls, door panels, fire surrounds etc
- Cement products used for roof & wall cladding, guttering & downpipes, water tanks etc;
- Many other products such as toilet cisterns, textured coatings, fire doors, electrical fuses, gaskets, bath panels, sink pads etc
Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless the asbestos is damaged.
When asbestos materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air, potentially causing serious diseases if they’re inhaled.
Asbestos kills around 5000 workers each year. To put this in perspective that is the equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every month, for a year.
The diseases from asbestos do not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything.
If you work in a building built or refurbished before the year 2000 you are potentially at risk. If you smoke and are exposed to asbestos you are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer.
Asbestos Services we offer:
- Asbestos sampling and analysis;
- Asbestos surveying;
- Asbestos awareness training;
- Asbestos Vault – data management solutions.
Asbestos Sampling and Analysis
If you need to find out if a material contains asbestos, we offer nationwide asbestos sample testing and analysis.
The volume of samples we process allows us to provide you with fantastic prices whether you are an individual sending us a single sample or a surveying company sending us large batches.
All of our participating laboratories are UKAS accredited to EN ISO 17025 for ‘asbestos sample analysis’.
Sending us a sample for asbestos testing
It is often safe to take samples of asbestos containing materials yourself as long as the correct procedure and safety precautions are followed.
We can provide instructions on what can be sampled and how to take the samples if required.
Each sample should be double bagged in sealable polythene bags - sandwich bags are perfect.
Ensure each sample is numbered and has details of where the sample was taken from.
Send samples in a jiffy type envelope or box to the office address.
Please ensure packaging is marked "laboratory samples - may contain asbestos"
Asbestos Awareness Training
All workers who are liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work should be trained so that they can recognise asbestos containing materials and know what to do if they come across them.
The training needs to be appropriate for the work and the roles undertaken by individuals.
Asbestos Vault offers secure online document storage for a wide range of industries including:
Asbestos Surveying & Sampling
The purpose of surveying is to make a ‘materials assessment’ i.e.
- To find Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) and record what it is, where it is and how much there is.
- To record how accessible it is, its condition and any surface treatment.
- To record the asbestos type by sampling or by presuming.
There are now two types of survey that have replaced the old Types 1,2 and 3 surveys.
These are Management Survey and Refurbishment/Demolition Survey.
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Get in touch
The first stage is to, either give us a call on 0191 378 2164 or fill out the contact us form and we’ll get back in touch to discuss your requirements.
We will then arrange a visit to your site, or if we have sufficient information, we’ll put a clear proposal together for you, with no hidden costs.
All being well our competent consultants will then visit site to undertake the work and produce a comprehensive report, reviewing your control measures with concise recommendations.
We operate throughout the UK and Worldwide.