Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral, often used in building materials because of its physical and chemical properties. It is a good insulator, has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion. When inhaled, asbestos fibres can cause cancers and other serious illnesses.
Asbestos was widely used in building materials up until 1999 when its use was prohibited in the UK.
If you suspect you have materials containing asbestos in your property do not disturb or attempt to remove them as this is likely to release fibres into the air and contaminate the surrounding area. Please contact us for details of how to safely obtain a sample for testing.
The action required depends on the type and condition of any ACMs found and the nature of any works which are to take place. If the asbestos is in good condition and is not likely to be disturbed then it is recommended that the material is left where it is and managed. If the asbestos is damaged or is likely to be disturbed then specialist advice should be sought from one of our experts.
For most works with asbestos containing materials the contractor must be licenced by the Health and Safety Executive. Members of asbestos trade associations are recommended.
As a minimum you should be issued with a certificate of re-occupation for the areas where asbestos abatement works have taken place. For larger projects you will receive a project completion file with full records of the asbestos abatement project.
You should ensure that you keep all records relating to asbestos are available and accessible for the entire life of the premises. Details of how to keep records should be included with your asbestos management plan.