Asbestos Removal Stevenage
Right up until the late 1980s asbestos was regularly used in house building materials because of its affordability, strength, and resistance to heat, electricity or fire. The health hazards connected with prolonged exposure to asbestos were discovered early last century, but it took until 1999 for a complete ban on its usage to come into effect. Obviously many of us live in houses containing asbestos, but public health recommendations suggest that so long as it is undisturbed it is not a health hazard. Asbestos that is exposed in refurbishment, or DIY in Stevenage properties should be removed by licensed asbestos contractors.
Much of Stevenage’s ‘new town’ was built in the 1950s. It’s likely, therefore, that building insulation, electrical insulation and cement used in their construction, contains asbestos. Despite the 1999 ban, the deadly effects of exposure to asbestos are still with us three-quarters of a century later. Around 5,000 deaths each year are considered to be attributable to the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres. Where commercial buildings are known to contain asbestos, owners or managers have a duty of care to assess the condition of the building regularly, monitor the potential for disturbance, and manage timely asbestos removal to minimise potential harm.
There are two types of asbestos survey, both of which are designed to monitor the presence of asbestos, and assess its properties:
- Management Survey – Each room in the property is visually inspected, and the construction materials are logged. Small samples of any materials that are suspected of containing asbestos are taken. The samples are sent off to a lab for detailed analysis.
- Refurbishment/Demolition Survey – Surveyors will need to access any parts of the building that are intended for structural alteration. The survey is intrusive and could, for example, include core drilling to access below floor slabs.
Amianto is a trusted provider of asbestos removals in Stevenage. Our HSE accredited third party consultants carry out surveys to identify the presence and location of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in your premises.
Professional Surveying and Asbestos Removal in Stevenage
Amianto are trusted asbestos contractors for Stevenage. We are specialists in the removal of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs).
As an integral element of asbestos surveying, HSE accredited third party consultants will assess the volume of ACMs present, and send samples for testing at HSE accredited labs. All asbestos surveys are carried out according to current UK legislation.
If discovered on your property, the safe management, removal and disposal of asbestos will be carried out by the Amianto removal team. A second survey will be carried out, post removal. The aim of this second survey is to measure the concentration of airborne asbestos fibres to ensure it conforms to the ISO17025 standard.
Find out whether your premises in Stevenage contain harmful asbestos by calling Amianto to speak to one of our removal specialists.
We are recognised asbestos removal specialists in Stevenage with both the skills and experience to provide the following of professional services:
Surveys and Testing – to check for the presence of asbestos and provide analysis. We carry out background air monitoring to assess the concentration of airborne fibres prior to asbestos removal.
Removal and Monitoring – the asbestos removal site is secured throughout the process. Air testing for leaks ensures the ongoing integrity of the work enclosure.
Post Removal – once the asbestos has been removed, a completion survey is carried out. This comprises a visual inspection, and air monitoring to check the post removal concentration of fibres.