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What Experts Look For in Asbestos Testing

Asbestos testing is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of buildings and the people who occupy them. While it may seem straightforward, the process involves meticulous procedures. Specialised knowledge and expertise are needed to accurately detect and evaluate asbestos. This article explores asbestos testing, including the procedures, tools, and expertise involved.

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Home asbestos surveys: Do you need one and how can it help?

Any home that was built before 1999 has the potential to contain asbestos, as with any other kind of building.

Specific Asbestos-Containing Materials that were commonly used in residential construction (before they were banned) include asbestos roof slate tiles, vinyl floor tiles, insulating board, textured coatings, cement products, felts, and damp-proof course. There are also others.

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Tradespeople: How do you know if a property contains asbestos?

As tradespeople, you are exposed to a variety of hazards every day. Hopefully, these are all well managed and you and your colleagues are trained to be aware of the dangers. Asbestos is one of the potential risks that you face.

You have probably wondered more than a few times ‘Is this asbestos?’ or ‘Could there be asbestos in this property?’

You should never work in conditions of such uncertainty and we are here to help. We have prepared this guide on how to know if there is potential asbestos, what to look for, and what you can do.

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What are the asbestos regulations in the UK?

There are legal duties on people responsible for buildings and employees to protect occupants from any asbestos risk. If any asbestos risk is known to exist then this risk must be responsibly managed.

The person or organisation (or it may be multiple parties) that is held responsible for these legal duties is known as the Duty Holder. The Duty Holder is defined as the owner of non-domestic premises or the person or organisation that has clear responsibility for the maintenance or repair of the non-domestic premises.

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What are the different types of asbestos and are they all dangerous?

We often get asked how many different kinds of asbestos there are and if they are all dangerous. The short answer is that they all can potentially be hazardous to human health. Some are more hazardous than others, but all should be considered health and safety risks.

So, we put together a brief guide to the different types of asbestos.

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Environmental Inspection Widens its Project Management Services

With two Health and Safety qualified consultants who have overseen major safety-critical projects, including asbestos removal, building refurbishment, and demolition, Environmental Inspection is widening its project management service.

Having managed projects on a scale of up to the late hundreds of thousands of pounds, Environmental Inspection is well placed to oversee projects that comprise both scale and complexity.

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Asbestos Health and Safety for Tradespeople

Tradespeople are on the front line when it comes to managing the asbestos risk. Asbestos in all its forms can be hazardous to human health. It can cause a very unpleasant illness and lead to early death.

In our experience, alert tradespeople are often the last line of defence – calling us in at the last moment to avert the catastrophe of damaging asbestos during building work.

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Asbestos services for businesses – a guide to what you need

Any business that owns or manages property built before 1999 will have some asbestos responsibilities. These will vary depending on what is known about the building and the circumstances. For example, if any refurbishment or demolition is planned, there are some immediate responsibilities.

Of course, if there is known asbestos then this has to be managed, but not knowing about it is no excuse. The responsibility to prevent people from exposure to it is paramount.

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