Asbestos Common Questions & Answers
How Do I Know What Asbestos Looks Like?
This is not easy. Asbestos comes in many different styles and can be painted and covered with other decor. If you do suspect asbestos the Health & Safety Executive have a brilliant image gallery. Check it out here.
What If I Accidentally Come Across Asbestos During Renovation?
If this happens you must stop work immediately. If you are in any doubt then just assume it is asbestos and look for the risks. Who could be affected? It is best then to get a licensed contractor in to do the job.
Should A Contractor Be Able To Produce A Training Certificate?
Asbestos is a serious material so you want to be able to be sure that the contractor has had the appropriate training. However contractors are not legally required to hold a certificate (at the time of publication). Most training providers will provide one though so it would be good practice for the contractor to be able to show it to you if you request it.
Can I Remove Asbestos Cement Myself?
Most work with asbestos requires a licensed contractor. However you do not need a license to work on asbestos cement provided that you have had the appropriate training or information. You can find more information about asbestos cement here. Many older properties in Northern Ireland have old asbestos cement down pipes and sewer pipes.
How Do I Report My Employer For Asbestos Failings?
Make sure your employer knows about any failings or safety breaches. If they fail to put things right then you can find help on the main UK HSE website here. You can also contact HSENI on 0800 0320 121. They will be able to point you in the right direction.
How Do I Find An Asbestos Analyst?
We can take samples of your suspected asbestos and have them analysed at a UKAS accredited laboratory here in Northern Ireland. We usually do this as part of our asbestos survey services that we provide across the country. Call Philip on 07702 332 333 to book.
Where Can I find Northern Ireland Asbestos Surveyors?
We are Northern Ireland based fully qualified asbestos surveyors. ACE Asbestos Solutions also carry out asbestos surveys on domestic and large commercial premises across the country. Call Philip on 07702 332 333 to book your survey today. We would be happy to help!