The HSE states that 5,000 workers are still killed every year by exposure to asbestos, so it’s vital that any asbestos at your property is dealt with safely, and in some cases, as quickly as possible.
Situations which may require more specialist action include high intensity exposure, where large volumes of asbestos are present, the work will take place over a longer period, or the condition of the material containing the asbestos is putting others at risk.
The three main types of asbestos are:
While all of these are dangerous, crocidolite and amosite are more hazardous because they’re more friable.
Asbestos poses the most risks to your health if its fibres become airborne when materials are disturbed.
Therefore, before work such as strip outs and demolitions or refurbishments can take place, you may require surveys and tests to be carried out to ensure workers and occupants aren’t put at unnecessary risk.