The abatement of asbestos is very simple and easy for us to do but this doesn’t mean that asbestos isn’t dangerous. Asbestos claims 4500 lives each year according to findings from the HSE. The reason for this is because it causes four main diseases. These are mesothelioma, Lung cancer, asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening. Asbestos has been used for more than 2000 years and in the UK alone over 1 million commercial, industrial and public buildings contain asbestos material. Between the years 1950 and 1980 asbestos was used in a variety of ways in the UK. For thermal insulation, fireproofing, electrical insulation and building materials. Even up until 1999 some asbestos products were still being used. It is said between this time any commercial or industrial building that was either built or extensively renovated would more than likely contain asbestos in some form or another.
But before we can remove the asbestos in your building we need to survey your building to make sure we know where every bit of asbestos is to be able to remove it safely and keep all of the people inside your building safe. The surveys that are used to find and identify asbestos are the management survey and the refurbishment & demolition survey. The management survey is a standard one and its purpose is to locate the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy. Then the refurbishment and demolition survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. This survey is fully intrusive and will involve destructive inspection, this is necessary to gain access to all areas.