I think I’ve found asbestos
I think I’ve found asbestos, here is what to do.
Asbestos was used extensively across the world in many industries. In fact there used to be adverts promoting it as babies clothing and safety suits! Quite bizarre now that we know how dangerous it is to human health.
How to Identify Asbestos?
Of the six main types (Chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite) There are three types of asbestos commonly used in construction. White, blue and brown. It is often said that blue asbestos is the most dangerous.
Chrysoltile (White asbestos) most commonly used asbestos and can be found in roofs, walls, ceilings, floor tiles, insulation, old brake discs, boilers, appliances and ventilation ducts.
Amosite (Brown Asbestos) most commonly used in insulation and mixed with cement for sheeting. Found in ceiling boards, tiles and AIB insulation board.
Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos) commonly found in spray coatings, cement based items, plastic products and pipe insulation.
Blue asbestos is considered the most dangerous as the microscopic fibers are short, sharp and spikey. They will easily embed in lung tissue and can’t be expelled again.
What Does Asbestos Look Like?
We have put together a blog post gallery to show different types of asbestos in use. These are typical of how asbestos was used in Northern Ireland in years gone by. The golden rule is that if you wish to carry out any maintenance, demolition or refurbishment works, you should assume asbestos may be present until a test reveals otherwise. This ensures your safety at all times.
You can view the gallery here.
Should I Book an Asbestos Survey or Report?
You should book an asbestos survey or report with us if you are not sure whether asbestos may be present in your home or business. We all know how dangerous asbestos can be so having a survey will help identify it, contain it and make the whole area much more safe. With our professional asbestos reports you will be able to manage the risk in a legal and safe way.
Contact Philip on 07702 332 333 to find out more. We are always here to help.