Why check for asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals used commercially for their desirable physical properties, including flexibility, low energy conductivity, high tensile strength, and resistance to chemicals and heat.

However, some types of asbestos were prohibited in 1985 and all forms of the material were finally banned in 1999. Unfortunately, asbestos is still present across the UK within a variety of buildings and other structures

Why is asbestos banned?

Asbestos became popular in the late 19th century and reached its peak in the 1960s and 70s, which was when the UK was importing over 170,000 tonnes of it every single year. Asbestos was applied to all kinds of products and proved particularly popular in the construction industry due to the unique features listed above.

It was only discovered later on that if you inhale asbestos fibres, they can embed themselves deep within your lungs. This causes all kinds of health problems, including COPD and fatal cancers.

Identifying asbestos

Asbestos can be hard to spot and even harder to accurately identify. That’s why Check Asbestos offers an affordable service that involves thoroughly inspecting your premises for asbestos and explaining what needs to be done if any is discovered.

We’re extremely thorough in everything we do, which makes us your go-to provider of asbestos surveys no matter where you’re based. Working with the construction industry, local authorities and property owners nationwide, we can provide a full range of asbestos surveys, including:

  • Asbestos management surveys

  • Asbestos demolition surveys

  • Asbestos refurbishment surveys

  • Contaminated land surveys

  • Domestic asbestos surveys

Supporting the construction industry

An asbestos survey is required before any building, refurbishment or demolition project commences, as failure to do so could result in hazardous fibres being released into the air. Aside from posing a serious risk to the health of anyone within the premises, asbestos fibres can easily spread outdoors and enter the local ecosystem, so you need a specialist to survey the site before work begins.

Some of our customers are homeowners who suspect there may be asbestos within their properties and are looking for a professional survey. Others are contractors and local councils that must legally adhere to a health and safety code, which necessitates pre-work inspections. Whatever the case, we can visit all types of residential, commercial and industrial premises across the UK to carry out the highest standard of asbestos identification.

How does it work?

It isn’t a case of simply visually assessing materials that are suspected of containing asbestos. One of our qualified surveyors will remove a sample of material, which will then be tested by an independent UKAS accredited lab.

All samples are thoroughly examined by independent, experienced and highly trained analysts, in accordance with all relevant HSE Guidance Notes (HSG 248 and HSG 264).The process requires advanced equipment and the latest best practice procedures certified to the ISO 9001:2000 quality standard, making use of stereo and polarized light microscopy to identify asbestos in a full range of materials.

Fast turnaround

If you’re working to a tight deadline, we can offer a responsive analysis service that guarantees results in as little as 24 hours. This is particularly popular with architects, building contractors, interior designers, demolition companies and local authorities.

After we have completed our survey, we can move on to the next steps of asbestos removal, followed by safe asbestos disposal and finally, we offer a reinstation service to help you return to normality.

Get in touch with our team today

When you require the identification, removal or disposal of asbestos, Check Asbestos will get the job done to the highest standard. Visit our contact page to get in touch via online form, email, phone or WhatsApp.