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 Law

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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If you would like to know anymore about the asbestos services we provide, please get in touch today.

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Asbestos Removal in Kidderminster

It is estimated that around 4000 deaths annually are caused by the use of this material in buildings and the construction industry.

 

At Ledbury Surveys Ltd we use our 20 years of experience in the civil engineering and construction industry to conduct a variety of asbestos services including removal, disposal, surveys, and awareness training.

All our team have extensive knowledge of current legislation and guidance regarding the material, giving all our customers peace of mind that any work provided is of a high standard.

Furthermore, we are committed to strictly following health and safety guidelines which is why any testing of materials is carried out at fully UKAS accredited laboratories.

For more details about the asbestos removal we can carry out in Kidderminster, feel free to give us a call today on 01684 303 470.

Ensure Safety

Our Services

It is important that any building is safe for those who occupy or visit it, which is why checking for these fibrous materials is worthwhile. Since the banning of the use of the material as a building material, we have worked hard to ensure the safety of individuals in and around Kidderminster and West Midlands. Some of the services that we provide include:

  • Surveys
  • Management Plans
  • Abatement
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Disposal
  • Cost and Removal Advice
  • Awareness Training
  • Air Testing
  • CDM (Construction Design Management) Co-ordinators
  • Demolition Advice
  • Contract Supervision
  • Bid and Tender Advice
  • Site Safety Audits and Inspections
  • Site-Specific Risk Assessments
  • COSHH Survey and Assessment
  • Health and Safety Reviews
Microscopic Fibres

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a word that refers to a group of minerals that are made up of microscopic fibres. Three major forms of the material were used in the construction industry between the 1950s and 1980s: Chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. These are all now class 1 human carcinogens that have a detrimental impact on the health of those who have inhaled the fibres.

Chrysotile is a serpentine mineral which was regularly used in cement products and is often referred to as white asbestos. This form can be found in Artex, textile flash guards, old vinyl floor covering, rope seals, low-density insulation boards, and thermal insulation products. Amosite is set apart by its brown fibres and is an amphibole mineral. This type is commonly found in low-density insulation boards, thermal insulation, and sometimes composite materials like Bakelite. Another amphibole mineral Crocidolite is noticeable from its blue fibres and can be found in thermal insulation and composite gaskets. Tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite are three other types of the mineral but are extremely rare in the UK.

A ban on crocidolite and amosite use was passed in 1985, with a further ban on chrysotile becoming law in 1999. Any building constructed prior to the year 2000 may well have the substance within it. If the material containing these fibres remain intact they pose very little risk, but once damaged or disturbed the fibres are released into the atmosphere. This leads to an increased risk of illness and long-term disease for those working within environments that may contain the substance. Those at a high risk include plumbers, carpenters, electricians, painters, builders, and miners.

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Air Testing Service

One way of being sure of the presence of the fibres is to have an air test conducted. This consists of a volume of air being tested through a filter over a measured time period. Collected airborne particles are prepared for examination by a qualified professional using a microscope. Using this technique the overall fibre concentration can be determined, usually measured in fibres per cubic cm of air (f/cm3). The four main types of air testing that can be carried out include:

  • Leakage Air Testing
  • Background Air Testing
  • Personal Air Testing
  • Reassurance Air Testing

Having an idea of what these testing methods are can give you a clearer idea of how this service can be useful for you. Leakage air testing is used alongside a smoke test and is often conducted outside a live removal location to determine the risk of the fibres on the wider area. Background air testing provides evidence of fibre levels to determine whether the substance is present and what needs to be done about it. Personal air testing is a technique used to measure what the exposure risk is to employees and is legally required under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Reassurance air testing measures the amount of airborne fibres that are present after asbestos removal work has taken place.

Site Safety Audits and Inspections

Alongside our other services, our team carry out site safety audits and inspections to make sure everything is safe. When checking the health and safety of a company’s workplace, the team can conduct safety tours, safety sampling, incident inspections, and safety surveys. Each of these offers different outlooks on the health and safety of their properties and businesses.

Tours are great for a general inspection, sampling allows for a systematic sampling of specific dangerous activities, processes or areas, and surveys inspect areas of concern. Incident inspections are typically conducted after there has been an accident involving a fatality, injury, or near miss and are important to ensure that all health and safety regulations are in place.

Audits are more often or not undertaken to make sure that all safety procedures and arrangements are being implemented and maintained. Keeping your safety management system effective can be massively helped by audits, as they allow you to take a proactive approach to health and safety. Employees safety is incredibly important and conducting regular audits ensures that they are as safe as they can be.

Kidderminster and the Surrounding Area

The large town and civil parish of Kidderminster has an estimated population of 55,530 and is twinned with Husum in Germany. There are plenty of things to do in the area including a visit to the West Midland Safari Park, the Museum of Carpet, and Hurcott Wood. We provide asbestos services including removal, disposal, and surveys in the Kidderminster area to any customer who needs it.

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Our team offer a variety of services including asbestos removal and additional services in health and safety including audits, inspections, surveys, assessments, and reviews. For more information please call us today on 01684 303 470 or fill in our online contact form.

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