Asbestos is a fibrous mineral used in the construction of buildings from the 1950s to the 1980s, especially for fireproofing and insulation. Its harmful effects on human health have been well documented, leading to the demand for its removal wherever it exists. The South East of England, including Hampshire, has a high prevalence of asbestos in buildings, which is why it's important to know whether an asbestos survey is required on domestic premises.
Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire is a company in Hampshire specializing in asbestos surveys and removal. We have years of experience in identifying and removing asbestos from residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Our aim is to provide cost-effective solutions that ensure the safety of our clients and their properties. In this article, we explore the need for asbestos surveys on domestic premises in Hampshire.
An asbestos survey is a systematic examination of a building for asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that may pose a significant risk to health when disturbed, damaged, or deteriorated. The survey identifies the location, type, and condition of any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the building. The survey must be conducted by a qualified asbestos surveyor.
There are two main types of asbestos surveys: management surveys and refurbishment/demolition surveys. Management surveys are required for all non-domestic buildings built before 2000. Refurbishment/demolition surveys are required where the building is to undergo refurbishment or demolition. These surveys are more intrusive and will involve destructive inspection to gain access to all areas, including those that may be difficult to reach.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that homeowners are not required by law to conduct an asbestos survey if they are planning to carry out minor work that may disturb ACMs, such as drilling holes for a picture frame or fitting electric sockets. However, for any extensive renovation or refurbishment work, it is strongly recommended to have an asbestos survey done before starting work.
The reason for this recommendation is that many homes built before 2000 may contain asbestos, particularly in areas such as insulation, floor tiles, cement roofing, and pipe lagging. If asbestos is disturbed during renovation or refurbishment work, it can release dangerous fibers into the air. Inhalation of these fibers can lead to serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Asbestos surveys can uncover these hidden risks and help homeowners identify the ACMs present in their property. Through this process, they can then take the necessary precautions to avoid disturbing the asbestos during renovation or refurbishment work.
At Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire, we have a team of experienced and qualified asbestos surveyors who know how to identify, manage, and remove asbestos from any type of building. We use the latest equipment and techniques to ensure fast and accurate results. Our team is committed to providing the best customer service and support to ensure your peace of mind.
We offer a range of asbestos survey services to meet your needs, including:
Our team will work with you to determine your specific needs and provide you with a cost-effective solution that meets your budget and deadlines. Our surveys adhere to the strict requirements of the HSE and comply with all relevant legislation.
In summary, while homeowners are not required by law to have an asbestos survey done on their domestic premises, it is strongly recommended to do so before any extensive renovation or refurbishment work. This practice can prevent exposure to dangerous fibers and protect your health and that of your family.
Choosing Affordable Asbestos Removal Hampshire for your asbestos surveys ensures that you receive professional and reliable services guaranteed to keep you and your property safe.
Contact us today on 01962 458066 to schedule an asbestos survey or to obtain more information about our services. You may also visit our website at affordable-asbestos-removal-hampshire.co.uk for more information.