Asbestos, a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals, was once extensively used in building materials due to its fire resistance and durability. However, once it was discovered that asbestos fibres can cause serious health issues such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis, its use was banned in the UK in 1999. But that doesn't mean that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) aren't still present in many buildings, particularly those constructed before the ban.
Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can be found in various building materials such as insulation, ceiling tiles, roofing, pipes, and more. If you suspect that your home or building contains ACMs, it's essential to have an asbestos survey and test performed to determine whether it's present, its location, and its condition. Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire are an asbestos testing company in Hampshire who can provide you with the information you need.
Asbestos testing is the process of identifying whether asbestos exists in a material or location through sample analysis. Samples are collected from the suspected contaminated material or location, then analyzed by a team of certified analysts using specialized equipment such as an electron microscope. Once the testing is completed, the lab provides a report detailing whether the material contains asbestos and its condition.
Asbestos testing is not an activity that should be carried out by the inexperienced. Because asbestos fibres are hazardous, it should only be carried out by qualified professionals. Our company, Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, have a team of certified analysts who are equipped to provide asbestos testing services according to UK regulations.
An asbestos survey is a comprehensive inspection of your building to identify any ACMs, their location, and condition. The two types of surveys are Management Surveys and Refurbishment and Demolition Surveys. The Management Survey identifies and manages ACMs that could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including simple sampling and analysis. In contrast, the Refurbishment and Demolition Survey is required where the property is being altered, refurbished, or demolished.
Asbestos surveys are vital in ensuring the safety of your home, workplace, and the people therein. Surveying your building assists in identifying the presence of dangerous ACMs and the risks they pose. The identification, labeling, and management of ACMs helps reduce the dangers of potential exposure.
Asbestos surveys require a thorough and accurate approach to ensure the safety of the surveyors and people in the building. The survey is carried out by well-trained and experienced professionals who inspect every inch of the property looking for potential ACMs. Management surveys require a visual inspection of less accessible surfaces like crawlspaces and loft spaces to identify possible asbestos sources. To locate hard-to-reach areas, sometimes asbestos professionals will use technology like borescopes, which contain a camera, to send an image back to the analyst.
During each survey, samples are carefully taken and placed in sealed containers to prevent any contamination. Our company uses the appropriate protective equipment in line with the UK regulations to ensure our surveyors are safe. After the survey, a detailed report of the results is produced, detailing the type, location, and extent of any ACMs found.
Asbestos was commonly used in building construction, industrial, and commercial applications. The following is a list of materials that could contain asbestos:
If asbestos is present in any of these materials, it's not necessarily hazardous until it becomes disturbed, releasing the deadly fibres into the atmosphere.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire are an asbestos testing company in Hampshire with the experience, expertise, and equipment to perform professional, reliable, and affordable asbestos surveys and testing within the South East England region, including Hampshire.
In our service delivery, we adhere to the highest standards and respect the UK regulations. Our professional surveys and testing provide detailed reports on the type of ACM and its condition, required steps for management, and possible asbestos removal.
We are committed to preserving the safety and health of all those who work, stay or reside within any building we survey. Our team of surveyors and analysts are experienced, certified, and equipped with appropriate safety gears to carry out activities in line with UK regulations.
Identifying the presence of hazardous asbestos in your home or other buildings is vital to your health and safety. Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire provides asbestos testing and survey services and works with you to identify, label, and manage risky asbestos sources. To schedule our asbestos testing services or request a survey for your home or building, contact us by phone at 01962 458066 or email at [email protected]. Asbestos should not be ignored. Our affordable, professional, and reliable services will give you peace of mind knowing your building is safe.