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Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, mined in Australia, Canada and South Africa on a large scale since the 20th century.

Its heat and sound resistant properties made it ideal for use in the manufacture of a wide range of products from pipe insulation, flooring materials, cement roofing and insulatory coatings to toilet cisterns, decorative Artex wall coatings and its wide range of use has resulted in asbestos now being present in some form in all but the newest of premises and its use was completely prohibited in 1999.

The danger from asbestos arises when the material is damaged or moved. Asbestos fibres may be released and breathed in, settling in the lungs of maintenance workers, plumbers, builders or anyone in the vicinity.

Asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, currently kill over 3500 people each year in the UK. This figure is expected to rise to in excess of 10,000 per annum over the next ten years.

It is important to be aware of the location of asbestos-containing materials within the home or workplace so that the potential of disturbance and fibre release can be prevented.

Asbestos Surveys

The HSE publication HSG264 sets out the methodology for surveying premises for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). It defines the types of asbestos survey;

Management Survey (Type 2): Standard Sampling, Identification and Assessment Survey

The purpose of the survey is to locate the presence and extent of any ACMs in the premises, where reasonably practical. Representative samples of materials suspected of containing asbestos are collected. The samples are then analysed by a UKAS accredited laboratory and the results used to compile a register of the ACMs within the premises. The condition of each ACM is assessed and recommendations made regarding their management.

Refurbishment/Demolition (Type 3): Full Access Sampling and Identification Survey
This survey may involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas and is designed to be used as a basis for tendering the removal of ACMs from premises prior to demolition or major refurbishment work. Samples are taken and analysed by a UKAS accredited laboratory but the survey does not assess the condition of the asbestos, other than to note areas of damage or where additional asbestos debris may be expected to be present.

If you’re not sure which type of survey is most appropriate, we’ll point you in the right direction.
D R Environmental works to the HSG264 standard, backed up by our in-house Standard Operating Procedures, ensuring you receive an independently approved service. If you’d like a copy of our procedures, just let us know.
Please contact us if you have any queries or require any further information.

Asbestos Removal

Over the years D R Environmental has built up relationships with HSE licensed asbestos removal companies, enabling us to choose the most appropriate company and negotiate the best rate for your asbestos removal project.

From domestic garages to large-scale strip-outs, we’ll work on your behalf to secure a removal contractor you’ll be happy with and remember, we don’t undertake abatement work ourselves so you’re guaranteed a completely impartial service.

Contact us with details of any asbestos abatement work and let us do the searching. We’ll send you a fully-inclusive quotation and monitor the progress of the abatement work to make sure everything is going to schedule. When the work is completed we’ll even ensure you have all the necessary paperwork; we hate delays and complications as much as you do.