Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.
- Asbestos sampling
- Asbestos surveys type 1, 2 and 3
- Asbestos removals/abatement/encapsulation
- Site client liaison
As part of an Asbestos Management Strategy total removal of the hazardous substance may not always be the best solution. An alternative to removal is encapsulation. This method involves treating Asbestos with a coating that surrounds or embeds fibres in an adhesive matrix to prevent the release of fibres.
The first step is to contain the area and render the site safe. An airtight enclosure is constructed around the contaminated or working area to protect the outside environment. To prevent leakage of dust outside the enclosure the area is put under negative air pressure. An independent analytical laboratory, normally of the client’s.
Reinstatement and damage repair covers works and areas affected by the removal or management of Asbestos containing materials. Our staff can repair areas and make good any damage caused.