Asbestos was once a widely used material in construction due to its excellent insulation and fire-resistant properties. Unfortunately, long-term exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to serious respiratory illnesses, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Asbestos was finally banned for commercial use in the UK in 1999, but the material is still present in many buildings constructed before this date.
If you live or work in Hampshire or the South East of England, you may wonder whether you have been exposed to asbestos in the past or whether your current environment is safe. At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we offer comprehensive asbestos testing and monitoring services to help you identify any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and assess the level of risk they pose for your health. In this landing page, we will explore the different aspects of asbestos exposure and testing in Hampshire, and explain why you should trust our company to keep you safe.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is a local asbestos testing and removal company based in Hampshire, South East England. We are a team of experienced and certified asbestos specialists who have been providing asbestos services for over 20 years. Our mission is to provide affordable, efficient, and reliable asbestos solutions to homeowners, business owners, and local authorities in Hampshire and the surrounding areas.
Our services include asbestos testing, asbestos risk assessment, asbestos surveys, asbestos removal, and asbestos management plans. We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure accurate and fast results, and we comply with all relevant regulations and guidelines, including the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requirements.
If you suspect that your property or workplace may contain asbestos, it is crucial to test for its presence and determine the level of risk it poses. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can become airborne if disturbed, which makes them easy to inhale and can lead to fatal lung diseases. Asbestos exposure usually occurs through the inhalation of asbestos fibers, which can stick to the alveoli (small air sacs) in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation over time. Symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may take decades to manifest, which makes it challenging to diagnose and treat them.
Therefore, testing for asbestos is the only way to identify the presence and extent of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in your property, assess the level of risk they pose, and take appropriate measures to mitigate this risk. Asbestos testing involves taking samples of suspected ACMs and analyzing them in a certified asbestos laboratory. The laboratory will then provide a report detailing the type and concentration of asbestos fibers found in the samples, as well as recommendations for management or removal.
There are two main types of asbestos exposure: occupational and non-occupational. Occupational exposure occurs when people work in industries that involve handling or disturbing asbestos, such as mining, construction, shipbuilding, insulation, roofing, and firefighting. These workers are at high risk of inhaling asbestos fibers and developing asbestos-related diseases, especially if they don't take proper protective measures such as wearing respirators or working in ventilated areas.
Non-occupational exposure, on the other hand, can happen to anyone who comes into contact with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) at home, school, or other public places. For instance, if your house was built before 1999, it may contain asbestos in the insulation, flooring, ceiling, walls, pipes, or roof. If these materials are damaged or disturbed, they can release asbestos fibers into the air, which can be inhaled by anyone present. Moreover, certain activities such as DIY renovation or demolition works can unintentionally disturb ACMs and create a dangerous situation.
Asbestos exposure can lead to several serious respiratory illnesses, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and pleural thickening. These diseases have various symptoms and consequences, but all of them can affect your quality of life, shorten your lifespan, and potentially cause death.
Lung cancer is the most common cancer associated with asbestos exposure, and it usually develops years after the exposure has occurred. The symptoms of lung cancer may include persistent cough, chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, weight loss, and fatigue. The treatment for lung cancer depends on the stage and severity of the disease, but it may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure, and the symptoms may take decades to appear. Mesothelioma can cause chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, weight loss, and other vague symptoms that can be mistaken for other conditions. There is no cure for mesothelioma, but some treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy may slow down its progression and alleviate its symptoms.
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that results from the scarring and inflammation of the lung tissue caused by asbestos fibers. It can lead to shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, fatigue, and other respiratory problems that worsen over time. Asbestosis is irreversible and can significantly reduce a person's ability to breathe and perform daily activities. Some treatments such as oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, or medications may help manage the symptoms and prevent complications.
Pleural thickening is a non-cancerous condition that causes the thickening and hardening of the membrane that lines the lungs and chest wall. It can result from prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers and may cause chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, and other respiratory problems. Pleural thickening is permanent and can limit a person's lung function and activity level.
If you live or work in Hampshire and suspect that you may have been exposed to asbestos in the past, it is crucial to test for its presence and assess the level of risk it poses. At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we offer cost-effective and reliable asbestos testing services for residential, commercial, and public properties in Hampshire and the surrounding areas. Our testing process involves the following steps:
Site Inspection: Our certified asbestos surveyor will visit your property and inspect the potentially hazardous areas such as the roof, ceiling, walls, insulation, or pipes. The surveyor will take notes, photographs, and samples of any suspected ACMs using specialized equipment and techniques.
Sample Analysis: We will send the samples to a UKAS-accredited laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will use polarized light microscopy (PLM) or transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to identify and quantify the asbestos fibers found in the samples. The laboratory will also provide a report detailing the type and concentration of asbestos fibers, as well as recommendations for further action.
Report Delivery: We will provide you with a comprehensive written report detailing the findings of the asbestos testing, as well as any recommendations for management, removal, or further testing. We will explain the level of risk posed by the ACMs found, and advise you on the safest course of action to protect your health and those around you.
If the asbestos testing reveals the presence of asbestos in your property, it is crucial to take immediate action to manage or remove the ACMs to prevent further exposure and reduce the risk of harm. At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we offer safe and efficient asbestos removal services for any type and size of building in Hampshire and the surrounding areas. Our asbestos removal process involves the following steps:
Risk Assessment: Our certified asbestos specialists will conduct a thorough risk assessment of the affected area and determine the appropriate measures to minimize the risk of exposure. We will ensure that our asbestos removal process complies with all relevant regulations and guidelines, and we will take all necessary safety precautions to protect our workers and the public.
Containment: We will set up a secure and controlled containment area around the asbestos-containing materials to prevent the release of fibers into the air. We will use negative air pressure and HEPA filters to capture any asbestos fibers and prevent them from escaping outside the work area.
Removal: We will use specialized equipment and techniques to carefully remove the asbestos-containing materials, such as spraying them with a mist of water to reduce dust and packaging them in sealed containers for transport and disposal. We will ensure that all the ACMs are removed safely and completely, and we will clean up the work area thoroughly using HEPA vacuums and wet methods.
Disposal: We will transport the asbestos waste to an authorized facility for safe and legal disposal according to the Environmental Protection Act 1990. We will provide you with a consignment note detailing the disposal process and the destination facility.
Clearance testing: We will conduct final clearance testing of the area to ensure that there are no asbestos fibers remaining and that the air quality is safe for reoccupation. We will provide you with a certificate of reoccupation stating that the area is free of asbestos and safe to use.
If you are concerned about asbestos exposure and want to test for its presence in your property, contact Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire today. We offer same-day appointment and emergency services, and our certified asbestos surveyors can provide you with a free quote for our testing or removal services. Call us on 01962 458066, email us at [email protected], or visit our website at affordable-asbestos-removal-hampshire.co.uk for more information. Our mission is to keep you and your loved ones safe from the dangers of asbestos exposure, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us today.