Asbestos removal is an important and quite specialised service that can be essential to protecting the users of a building. This applies to homes, business purposes, and even outbuildings or garages. However, a lot of people may well be uncertain about the various things, and health and safety considerations, relating to asbestos removal. Here are the answers to some common questions:

How do I Know if a Building Contains Asbestos?

There are several factors that may be able to help you work out whether a building does or might contain asbestos. Health and Safety regarding Asbestos in buildings is a major consideration. Other considerations include the date it was built, as well as the dates of any refurbishments that have been carried out. If your building was built after the year 2000, it should contain no asbestos as the use of asbestos for buildings and refurbishments was made illegal partway through 1999.

If you have any of the original documents relating to the construction or refurbishment of the building, this might tell you the types of materials used. This can help you work out whether any asbestos is present in the building and, if so, where it is.

If you are not able to determine whether the building contains asbestos, the best way to find out is with an asbestos survey.

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Is Asbestos Removal Necessary?

Not necessarily. This depends on the types of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) present in the building, and what condition those materials are in. Some materials are safe as long as they are in good condition and left undisturbed. ACMs in poor condition, however, may release harmful fibres that can create health problems when inhaled.

An asbestos survey will identify the type, location and condition of any asbestos in the building. This will help you decide which steps to take to deal with the materials. It may well be that asbestos removal is necessary, or simply the easiest and most complete way to get rid of the problem. Alternatively, you may be able to take other steps to manage the risk.

Who can Remove Asbestos?

Asbestos removal should always be left to a professional. Most materials will need not just a professional builder or tradesman, but specifically one who is licensed to carry out asbestos removal. This is because of the high level of risk that ACMs pose, especially when disturbed, and the need to observe strict and appropriate safety precautions in order to eliminate that risk.

To remove asbestos, you should look for a tradesperson who holds an up-to-date license from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out work on asbestos. This will ensure not only that they are carrying out the work legally, but that they are taking the appropriate steps to protect their own health and that of people using the building. Fortunately, licenced professionals are not difficult to come by. Whether you want asbestos removal in Essex, London or just about anywhere else between Land’s End and John O’ Groats, you will probably be able to find a competent, licenced professional to carry out the work.