Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was widely used in construction and manufacturing industries from the late 1800s until the 1970s. It was prized for its insulating and fire-resistant properties until it was discovered that it is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Despite being banned in many countries, asbestos can still be found in many homes and buildings constructed before 1999 in the UK. Therefore, its important to conduct asbestos testing in your home or office, especially if youre planning to undertake any renovation or demolition work.
In this article, we will discuss the importance of asbestos testing, how to test for asbestos in Hampshire, the different types of asbestos, and why you should choose an accredited asbestos testing company like Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire.
The harmful effects of asbestos exposure can take many years to appear, and some people may not even know they have been exposed until its too late. If asbestos-containing materials are disturbed during renovation or demolition, tiny fibres can become airborne and inhaled, leading to serious and fatal diseases.
Testing for asbestos is crucial for identifying potential health hazards, and keeping yourself and others safe. Knowing whether asbestos is present, and the condition of any asbestos-containing materials is especially important before beginning any works.
Hampshire, located in the South East of England, is home to many historic buildings and homes, many of which were constructed during the peak of asbestos use. As a result, there is a high likelihood of asbestos being present.
There are two main methods of asbestos testing:
Asbestos sampling involves taking a small piece of material from the suspect asbestos-containing material, and testing it in a laboratory to determine if it contains asbestos fibres. This is a reliable and commonly used method of testing for asbestos.
An accredited asbestos testing company like Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire can provide a professional asbestos survey, sampling and testing of suspected materials, according to UK HSE guidance and regulations.
Asbestos testing involves physically inspecting the property and identifying potential asbestos-containing materials. This type of testing is more extensive than sampling, and may require a more thorough inspection by professional surveyors.
Asbestos testing can help you to identify where asbestos-containing materials have been used in the construction of a building, and therefore help you to manage asbestos exposure on a practical level.
Regardless of the method used for testing, the results will help you to make informed decisions about how to manage asbestos.
Asbestos is categorised into two main types: serpentine and amphibole asbestos.
Serpentine asbestos is the most common type of asbestos and includes chrysotile, or white asbestos, which was widely used in construction materials due to its resistance to heat and chemicals. Chrysotile has been used in products like cement, ceilings and walls, roofing, and insulation.
Amphibole asbestos is less common than serpentine asbestos and includes five different types of asbestos: amosite or brown asbestos, crocidolite or blue asbestos, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite.
Asbestos exposure, regardless of type, can cause cancer or other forms of asbestos-related diseases, making asbestos testing important.
Asbestos testing and asbestos management should be conducted by qualified professionals with the necessary knowledge, training and experience, to ensure accurate testing and safe handling of asbestos-containing materials.
As an accredited asbestos testing company in Hampshire, Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire provides professional, reliable, and affordable asbestos services, including asbestos surveying, sampling and testing, asbestos management, and asbestos removal.
Accreditation is given by recognised governing bodies, such as UKAS or CHAS, and guarantees that the companys surveyors are qualified, experienced and fully trained.
We understand the risks involved with asbestos exposure and work to ensure the safety of our clients, staff and the public. Our team of asbestos surveyors are fully trained, and we are fully insured, giving you peace of mind.
Asbestos testing is an essential part of ensuring the safety of your home or office. If you suspect asbestos-containing materials are present, engage an accredited asbestos testing company like Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire for the most reliable results.
Our asbestos testing services are affordable and reliable, and our team of trained and experienced surveyors can help you to identify, manage and remove any asbestos-containing materials.
Contact our asbestos testing team on 01962 458066, or send us an email at [email protected] to book an appointment today. Visit our website at affordable-asbestos-removal-hampshire.co.uk for more information.