Asbestos FAQ - Your Top Questions Answered.

SafeZone Asbestos Solutions 

From understanding the dangers of asbestos to weighing up whether to remove it or not, there are lots of common questions we get asked here at SafeZone Asbestos Solutions. We want to answer your top queries to give you a better insight into asbestos risks and considerations about its management.

Here are some of your most frequently asked questions about asbestos.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibre with several different types. While it’s now a banned material, it was used up until 1999 in property construction, both in the fabric of the building and components within it, like flooring, insulation, roofs and even sprayed coatings on walls and ceilings. The three most common types of asbestos are chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue).

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos consists of several minerals, and these fine fibres can become trapped in the lungs if inhaled. While asbestos is often low risk while stable and in situ, any damage or deterioration could lead to the release of the small fibres, creating a health hazard for anyone in the vicinity. In fact, the HSE states asbestos is still responsible for over 5000 deaths every year. Conditions caused by asbestos inhalation include mesothelioma and other cancers, which can develop years down the road.

Where Is Asbestos Found?

Both domestic and commercial asbestos can be found in multiple areas of a building, including its fabric and other elements within the property. This includes anywhere from floor and ceiling tiles to pipe insulation, textured coatings and cement. If you’re wondering where asbestos is present in your property, commercial buildings should already have a management plan in place, and homeowners can request a new survey from a professional.

Does Asbestos Always Need To Be Removed?

Many asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can be left undisturbed as long as there’s no damage or deterioration present, which can be confirmed via a professional inspection and survey. Depending on the results, some may leave the asbestos in situ and periodically check its condition. Other smaller areas may be eligible for repairs, in which a specialist will apply a protective sealant or wrap to stop the fibres from becoming airborne. However, if you plan to eventually remove the asbestos, it can be more cost-effective to do so sooner rather than later.

Can I Remove Asbestos Myself?

No! Airborne asbestos is a health hazard for yourself and anyone nearby, so professional removals are non-negotiable. This includes both the legal handling and the disposal of ACMs, as required by law. If you don’t have the proper protection in place, the effects of asbestos inhalation may not show themselves for years.

What Are Safe Asbestos Disposal Methods?

Only a trained and licensed professional should handle and dispose of asbestos. Any asbestos waste will need to be sealed and contained properly to prevent the release of fibres before transporting the ACM to a licensed waste facility.

How Do I Book An Asbestos Inspection Or Removal?

Whether you need an asbestos inspection, sampling or removal, we can help. SafeZone Asbestos Solutions works throughout London, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

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