If you think that your home or work space may contain asbestos, it is essential to have an asbestos survey carried out immediately. Crucial Environmental specialise in producing surveys that will allow you to draw up your own asbestos management plan in accordance with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
When we complete a survey we will locate any asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACM) that could potentially be at risk of being damaged or disturbed. You will be provided with a breakdown of the condition of each ACM so that you are able to make a plan for how to deal with them and keep yourself or your staff from harm. We work across the city and beyond, with both residential and business clients. So if you have any questions about removing asbestos or think you may need a survey then don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
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As experts in dealing with all forms of asbestos, we provide asbestos testing as a part of our survey. When we find a material that could potentially contain asbestos, we take a sample of the material and then send it off to be analysed by a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited laboratory.
At the laboratory the sample will be tested and then a certificate of analysis will be created, giving the full details of any asbestos that has been found in the material. Results will usually be available to you in less than 36 hours from the sample being taken, but we can offer an expedited turnaround service if you require the details urgently.
Crucial Environmental can provide you with a full asbestos report after the survey has been completed and samples have been analysed. We can offer you recommendations and assessments regarding the management of any ACMs. Our reports will be printed in full colour and bound then presented as a hard copy as well as being emailed to you in PDF format.
After an initial survey and report, we can return to re-inspect ACM on a regular basis to monitor the situation and ensure that the risk of human exposure has not increased.
We regularly test materials found at residential, commercial and industrial premises across Surrey – carefully taking a sample of the potential asbestos-containing material (ACM) and sending it to a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved laboratory. Here it will be analysed to establish the presence of asbestos – we typically expect to get the results back within 36 hours of the sample being taken.
It is often necessary to test materials because asbestos is not always possible to identify simply by looking at it. Many possible ACMs such as floor tiles, insulation board, and cement look identical whether they contain asbestos or not – it is necessary, then, to have them tested to be sure and avoid any possible asbestos exposure.
The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos presents a serious risk in many buildings in Surrey. Unfortunately, asbestos was not banned completely in the United Kingdom until 1999, so many buildings built before this date may contain the material. With the fast pace of development that we have seen in Surrey, it is common for buildings to be altered, extended or even demolished, and it is these kinds of activities that can lead to asbestos being disturbed.
As long as the material is in good condition it is only usually dangerous when it becomes damaged and fibres are released into the atmosphere. Once there it can be breathed into the lungs and this is where it can present a serious health risk. As asbestos can be found in a large range of materials it can be very important to have your home or business property checked thoroughly.