Asbestos Safely Removed

Our team of trained professionals work across Essex securing the health hazard of asbestos making homes and office building safe from deadly dust particles. You can call us to discuss surveying a property or workplace first to ascertain if there is is a genuine risk to persons health presented by asbestos.

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Do you suspect materials containing asbestos are present in the walls or roof? Has asbestos been dumped in landfill or an adjacent property? Asbestos is a danger to the health and safety of persons and can be removed securely and safely. Use the call back form on the right and we will be in touch.

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Information about asbestos

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Asbestos is a set of 6 naturally occurring silicate minerals, which were used commercially due to their physical properties. Many products were manufactured using asbestos and were commonly used in appliances, building materials, as a fireproof barrier and in insulation. The final date for asbestos to be totally banned for use in construction was in 1999 – all 5 amphibole asbestos types being banned in 1985.

How Harmful is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a Carcinogen. The prolonged inhalation of harmful asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (one of the rarest cancers affecting the lining of lungs, abdomen and the heart) and asbestosis (which affects the tissue in the lungs.)

Asbestos is known to be responsible for at least 4,000 deaths in the UK each year. The European Union has banned all use of asbestos and extraction, manufacture and processing of asbestos products. As mentioned earlier, the first bans took place in 1985 with the last one, white asbestos (Chrysotile from the serpentine group), being banned as late as 1999.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos mining began more than 4,000 years ago, but did not start large scale until the end of the 19th Century where it became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders. This is because of its sound absorption qualities and its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. Asbestos was also very affordable.
The 3 main types of asbestos that were commonly used in the UK and can still be found in buildings today are:

  • Chrysotile (white serpentine)
  • Amosite (brown amphibole)
  • Crocidolite (blue amphibole)

The other 3 types of asbestos are Actinolite, Anthophylite and Tremolite all amphibole group.

Asbestos used in England dates back to the 1700’s but did not become widespread until the Industrial Revolution during the late 1800’s. Factories were opening up everywhere and new uses for the miracle mineral were being devised on a regular basis.

Asbestos-containing materials typically found in buildings built between the 1950’s and 1999 include, but are not limited to:

  • Pipe insulation
  • Sprayed insulation
  • Insulating board
  • Cement profile products
  • Toilet cisterns
  • Thermo plastic floor tiles
  • Textured coatings
  • Gaskets

Illness & Deaths Relating to Asbestos

The first documented death related to asbestos was in 1906. In the early 1900’s researchers began to notice a large number of early deaths and lung problems in asbestos mining towns. All types of asbestos fibres are known to cause serious health hazards in humans.

While it is agreed that Amosite and Crocidolite are the most hazardous asbestos fibre types. Asbestos exposure becomes a health concern when high concentrations of asbestos fibres are inhaled over a long period of time.

Who Can Be Affected?

People who become ill from inhaling asbestos are often those who are exposed on a day-to-day basis in a job where they worked with the material.

Through the 1960’s, 70’s & 80’s asbestos was used to fireproof roofs, flooring, in heat installation and for a variety of other purposes. During the mid to late 1980’s public health concern focused on potential asbestos fibre exposures of building occupants and workers in buildings which have asbestos containing materials, and their risks of developing lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

In the UK blue and brown asbestos along with all the remaining amphibole group of asbestos types were banned outright in 1985 while the import sale and second hand reuse of white asbestos was outlawed in 1999. The CAR (The Control of Asbestos Regulations) 2006 regulations introduced additional liabilities. These included a specific duty placed on non-domestic property owners (duty holder) e.g. factories, offices etc. to manage asbestos on its premises. The regulation was set in motion by making the, duty holders, fully aware of its potential presence. This was expected to ensure that the material does not deteriorate, and it was to be removed if it was deemed necessary.

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Our trained and qualified team will inspect the structure testing for asbestos. With a complete air measusremnt for dangerous containiments you can stop or prevent asbestoes poisioning.

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Four stage asbestos removal

Our througher procedure will remove all traces of asbestos.

Trained and qualified technicians will measure the air for dangerous asbestos. Wearing full protective clothing and removing the hazard following all safty protocals for asbestos removal.

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