At Ledbury Surveys Ltd we have extensive knowledge in the civil engineering and construction industry across Bromsgrove. We have more than 20 years of experience and fully understand current legislations and your responsibilities. Suspecting asbestos on your site can be a worrying experience. As well as causing health risks, the substance is thought to be responsible for 5000 deaths a year.
What is Asbestos?
A Class 1 Human Carcinogen, Asbestos is a general term for 6 naturally occurring Silicates belonging to the Serpentine and Amphibole mineral classes.
Asbestos and The Risks
Asbestos material was often used in buildings, roofing, insulation, flooring and even sprayed on ceilings. It is now completely BANNED for use within the UK.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 is key piece of legislation that covers the prohibition of asbestos...
Areas We Cover
We specialise in providing asbestos surveys and removal to those who need it in and around the Birmingham and West Midlands area.
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Asbestos Surveys in Bromsgrove
Prior to legislation in 1999, asbestos was an extremely popular building material in the UK and around the world. It was well regarded for its strength, durability and insulation qualities, making it the ideal material. However, it has since been attributed to thousands of deaths and continues to cause serious health problems.
At Ledbury Surveys Ltd we provide a wide range of services for our clients in the Bromsgrove area, including:
- CDM (Construction Design Management) Co-ordinators
- Demolition advice
- Asbestos abatement
- Contract supervision
- Asbestos disposal
- Bid and tender advice
- Asbestos awareness training
- Site safety audits and inspections
- Site specific risk assessments
- COSHH survey and assessment
- Asbestos surveys
- Health and safety reviews
- Asbestos management plans
- Asbestos removal
- Cost and removal advice
- Asbestos air testing
Where To Find It
Even though it isn’t used anymore, you can still find dangerous fibres within several homes and buildings across the Bromsgrove area. Carrying out work on a building can often bring dangers to the surface, which is why asbestos surveys are worthwhile. This will help to identify any issues and suggest ways to manage these situations.
In both industrial and residential buildings, the fibres can be found in a number of locations including:
- Sprayed Coatings
- Floor Tiles
- Textiles (fire blankets etc)
- Pipe Lagging
- Toilet Cisterns and Seats
- Gutters and Soffits
- Roofing Felt
The Health and Safety Executive have further guidance on where you can find asbestos. However, if you do suspect it, you should never touch or begin any work without advice from a professional. The fibres are extremely dangerous when they are airborne.
Different Types and Fibres
In total, 50 countries around the world have banned the use of asbestos. Despite this, it is still used in some countries including Russia, China, and India. The substance is made from 6 natural minerals which are in two groups, amphibole and serpentine. Below are some details about the three key fibres that are found on sites.
As the most commonly used type, this fibre is fine, highly flexible and resistant to heat.
This is also heat resistant and strong and appears mostly in cement, plumbing and electrical installations. It is thought that exposure to this fibre results in a higher risk of cancer.
With thin fibres, crocidolite is one of the more harmful types. This is because it breaks easily, leaving it to enter the air.
The other 3 forms of asbestos include tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite.
Around the Bromsgrove Area
With a population of around 30,000 people, the small town of Bromsgrove is situated within the popular county of Worcestershire. In the past, the area was well known for the production of cloth and during the Industrial Revolution was a leading name in the manufacture of nails.
No matter what interests you, there will always be the perfect place to explore. Some of the most popular things to do include a visit to the Norton Collection Museum, Sanders Park, as well as the open air Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings.
As well as helping those in Bromsgrove, we can also travel to other surrounding locations. These include Stoke Heath, Stoke Prior, Finstall, Burcot, Stoke Pound, Dodford, and Upton Warren.
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