Asbestos Removal Bristol
Asbestos was discovered by the Romans and has been mined in countries across the world ever since. Its cheap and plentiful supply, as well as its efficiency as a fire retardant and insulator, made asbestos a natural choice for the construction industry in the early 20th century. As a consequence, many people are currently living and working in buildings that contain asbestos. Research into the harmful effects of the microscopic fibres that make up asbestos started to emerge around 80 years ago, but it took until 1999 for a complete ban on the use of asbestos in building materials to come into effect.
Anyone discovering asbestos in their home or outbuildings is strongly advised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to contact licensed contractors for advice and removals services.
There’s thought to be 6 million tonnes of asbestos in the UK, contained within around 1.5 million buildings. Research carried out has found that 75% of British schools contain asbestos, as do the majority of London hospitals. The sheer quantity of asbestos makes it an ongoing health hazard which has to be professionally managed. If you are an owner or manager of a building used by members of the public, and erected prior to 1980, you have a legal responsibility to find out whether asbestos was used in the construction. Additionally, detailed asbestos surveys are required prior to any demolition or refurbishment work.
Houses, factories and public buildings in Bristol that were constructed prior to 1980 are likely to contain asbestos in tiles, ceiling, corrugated sheets, insulation, fireproofing and water tanks. The material will be designated as ‘latent’ so long as it remains undisturbed. This means that the microscopic fibres that do the damage are not likely to become airborne – which is when they become a health hazard.
If building work, or demolition is being planned the risks of inhalation become severe and must be dealt with professionally. Amianto is an accredited asbestos removals contractor, based in Bristol. We work with 3rd party consultants who carry out detailed asbestos surveys which are designed to identify latent asbestos. Once it is located, samples are taken for analysis and a plan is put in place to manage its safe removal.
Professional Surveying and Asbestos Removal in Bristol
Amianto is a leading provider of asbestos removals in Bristol.
Asbestos testing is carried out by professional 3rd party consultants. If they find any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) they will take test samples for analysis. This takes place in UK accredited laboratories, which conform to the guidelines set out by current UK legislation.
If latent asbestos is located in the building – and no building works are scheduled – it will be recorded and monitored. If damaged asbestos is discovered, or there are plans for building works or demolition, the Amianto asbestos removal team will schedule and prepare for the safe removal of the asbestos.
Once we’ve completed the process of asbestos removal, a second survey is carried out, which include air monitoring of the premises. This will ascertain whether or not the concentration of asbestos particles in the air complies with the ISO17025 standard.
If you own or manage a building in Bristol that you think may contain asbestos, call the Amianto asbestos removal team today to initiate a professional asbestos survey.
Our trained and experienced asbestos experts provide a range of services, which include:
- Surveys and Testing – this will determine whether or not asbestos is present, and in what form. The site will be subject to air monitoring to determine the level of risk to health.
- Removal and Monitoring – the premises will be completely sealed off whilst the asbestos is being removed. Leak air testing will check that the integrity of the seal is maintained.
- Post Removal – once the asbestos has been removed the Amianto team will visually inspect the site, and carry out air quality monitoring before opening it for public use.