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    What is Asbestos?


    Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of fibrous silicate minerals mined in many countries across the world. The most widely recognised types include Chrysotile (white Asbestos), Amosite (Brown Asbestos) and Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos). Less known types include Actinolite, Anthophyllite and Tremolite. These fibrous minerals fit into 2 categories Serpentine - curly or snake like (Chrysotile) and Amphibole - Straight and needle like (All other types). This wonder material has been used worldwide both in industrial and domestic applications. Recognised for its chemical, heat and fire resistance as well as its strength and ability to be shaped and molded into thousands of different products.
  2. Q

    Where am I likely to find Asbestos?


    Asbestos is such a versatile material therefore; it is likely that you come across it almost every day either at home, work or possibly even within the vehicle you drive. Any building constructed before the year 2000 may contain materials manufactured with asbestos; a selection of typical products include: Textured coatings, acoustic pads to sinks, floor coverings and adhesives, gaskets, grouts, cupboard linings, garage roofs, external soffit boards, roof tiles, electrical switchgear, friction products such as brakes and clutches. For a more detailed list of products follow the products link at the foot of the page.
  3. Q

    Why is Asbestos dangerous?


    Asbestos containing products are only dangerous if they are not kept in a good condition or are disturbed. These very small fibres, which, when released into the atmosphere are easily inhaled. While our bodies first line of defence e.g. nasal hair, saliva, exhaled breath, coughing etc.; all help to expel what we take in there are some fibres which impact on the surface of the lungs and can decades later result in diseases such as Asbestosis, Plural plaques, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
  4. Q

    What should I do if I think I have found asbestos?


    The first thing to do is forward on some details of what you have found. If possible send over a photograph as it may help determine the next course of action. There is no cost for us to look at what you send over and it may help to save you time and money. If a site visit is required we can agree a suitable time to visit your property, collect a sample for laboratory analysis and access the condition of the material at the same time. If urgent attention is required we can provide you with the details of some local contractors suitably trained and qualified to help you out.
  5. Q

    Do I need to have a survey carried out?


    If you own or are responsible for maintaining a property including common areas of domestic properties then under Regulation 4 of The Control of Asbestos Regs (2012) you are legally required to manage asbestos within your property. As a minimum you must have a management plan detailing exactly how you will manage asbestos, in most cases this plan is based around the findings of the Asbestos Management survey. In addition to the management of asbestos, if you plan to refurbish or demolish a building or part of it then you must carry out a survey specific to your proposed scope of works. This ensures that all areas where work is being carried out has been included in the asbestos survey.
  6. Q

    How do I manage asbestos in my building?


    This is a service Forth Asbestos Service can assist you with, We have many years experience supporting clients to build and maintain their Asbestos Management plans. Alternatively the HSE web site offers advice and guidance designed to aid you in the compilation of a suitable document. Once you have a completed management plan Forth Asbestos Services can review the document to ensure that it provides adequate processes for your business.
  7. Q

    Do I need any asbestos training?


    Anyone who has the potential to disturb asbestos as part of their routine activities, or are responsible for supervising workers must receive initial asbestos awareness training followed up with annual refresher training course. In addition to the awareness training there are many other asbestos related training courses available depending upon the skill set you require. For further infomation on what training is available please follow the BOHS link at the bottom of this page.
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    Do I need to have all asbestos removed?


    If you plan to manage Asbestos within your premises there is no need to remove it unless it is damaged beyond reasonable repair. Information from the Management survey (Type 2) report should provide guidance on the best course of action for each Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). However, if you plan to refurbish a property and the refurbishment survey report (Type 3) suggests that asbestos materials may be disturbed during the works then asbestos removal may be the only option. Similarly, if you plan to demolish part or all of a property then the demolition survey report (Type 3) should identify all asbestos containing materials within the scope of the survey remit. These materials can normally be removed during the Demolition phase by the appointed contractor or subcontractor.
  9. Q

    What does asbestos look like?


    In its raw mined state, it looks like a vein in between the layers of rock. As a loose fibre bundle, it can look like a small needles or small curly hairs. As a product, the list is huge and includes common items such as textured coatings, floor tiles, coverings and adhesives, rope and woven products, pipe insulation, roof tiles, profiles roof sheets, rainwater goods, internal ceilings and wall linings etc. For examples of some common materials please have a look at the images on the gallery page.
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