Asbestos Removals in Kent
Throughout the 20th century asbestos was a widely available, cost effective insulation material used by construction contractors and industries throughout the UK. It was utilised in a range of applications including lagging, roofing, floor tiles and duct connectors. By the 1980s evidence of health hazards, caused by the sustained inhalation of asbestos fibres, became overwhelming. A ban on the use of asbestos in building materials came into force in 1999.
Despite its UK wide ban, the legacy of asbestos will remain with us for decades to come. Houses built prior to 1999, especially those constructed through to the 1980s, probably contain Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs). An asbestos survey will determine whether your home contains ACMs. If the survey finds damaged asbestos, or if there’s a risk of disturbance, The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) recommends removal by a licensed removals contractor in Kent.
Asbestos is known as ‘the silent killer’ because it can be decades before the symptoms of asbestos related illnesses emerge. These range from chronic lung conditions to cancers caused by the inhalation of asbestos microscopic fibres in the workplace. There are currently around 5,000 asbestos related deaths each year.
Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material. If you own or manage a commercial or industrial building constructed prior to 1999, you are legally required to find out if asbestos was used in its construction. Any major refurbishment, or demolition projects require a detailed asbestos survey as a pre-requisite.
An asbestos survey will determine whether asbestos removal is required. If it is, removals should be carried out by an HSE licensed asbestos contractor in Kent.
An asbestos survey will determine whether or not a building contains asbestos, the condition of the asbestos, and the risk of damage or disturbance. Amianto provides a range of asbestos surveys in Kent, which are carried out by our trusted 3rd party consultants:
- Domestic Surveys. If you’re buying or selling a house built before 1999 we would recommend that an asbestos survey is carried out. This is a detailed, visual survey conducted by experts, to determine whether Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) were used in the construction of the building.
- Commercial Surveys. If you own, or manage a commercial premises, built prior to 1999, you’re legally required to carry out an asbestos survey. This is a detailed visual survey, of the walls, ceiling and accessible plant, which will determine whether asbestos was used in its construction. If it is discovered, it will need to be risk-assessed, and a management plan will be required.
- Refurbishment & Demolition Surveys. Prior to any major works, a detailed asbestos survey needs to be carried out. This is an intrusive survey which will aggressively investigate the structure of the building in order to determine whether asbestos is present. If asbestos is found, it will need to be removed prior to demolition or refurbishment.
Professional Asbestos Removals in Kent
The Health & Standards Executive (HSE) has strict regulations governing the safe removal of asbestos in Kent. Amianto has been licensed as an HSE licensed contractor. This guarantees that all employees are appropriately trained experts with extensive field experience. We carry out all our asbestos surveys in line with current UK legislation.
Removal and Monitoring – if asbestos is identified as a potential health risk, the site will be sealed. Only Amianto specialists will be given access. We carry out regular leak testing on site to ensure that the integrity of our environmental security measures is maintained.
Post Removal – once the asbestos has been removed from Kent properties and premises, we follow up with a series of tests. This comprises a visual inspection and air monitoring. The site won’t be unsealed until we can be sure it complies with the ISO17025 standard.
Call Amianto licensed asbestos removals in Kent for an immediate assessment of your premises.