Asbestos Risks and Our Specialist Service
Here at Envirocall Limited we operate a specialist asbestos service which includes site surveys, determination of the type of asbestos by sample taking, reports on condition of the material and the assessment of the degree of risk.
Over the past 70 plus years, asbestos in its forms of crocidolite (blue), Amosite (brown) and Chrysotile (white) has been extensively used in industry and the building trade. Despite an increasing awareness of the associated health hazards dating back to the 50’s and 60’s large scale removal and abatement did not begin until the late 70’s and early 80’s. There remains a potentially significant amount present of the more hazardous applications in any property constructed before the 1980’s whilst asbestos cement and textured coating use continued up until the 1990’s.
All types of asbestos fibre are considered to be carcinogenic and legislation restricts the exposure to each type at the same level. The type of application is more significant than the content as it is the release of airborne fibres that constitutes the risk of lung disease and various cancers. Therefore insulation and sprayed coatings containing Chrysotile (white asbestos) present a much higher risk than say asbestos cement containing amounts of Crocidolite (blue asbestos) as the former is much more easily disturbed.
As it is a versatile material it is often found as insulation on boilers, pipe work and plant demanding temperature controls. It can also be found as fireproofing through sprayed asbestos on girders and steelwork. As insulation and coatings were phased out in favour of glass and mineral fibres the use of asbestos insulating board proliferated and this was used extensively as a general building board that offered fire resistance and strength. Asbestos cement products included many forms of partitioning, panelling including sheeting, roof tiles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, flues and water down spouts.
Here at Envirocall we will utilise your existing asbestos survey or sample information (if available) when first visiting you or alternatively we can determine the type of asbestos present by taking samples on your behalf. From here we can undertake the appropriate risk assessment and advise you as to whether the works are licensable and notifiable and provide you with a quotation accordingly.