Crucial Environmental are specialists in providing asbestos surveys in Kent. Having worked across the county for many years, we have extensive experience with all forms of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACMs). We work on buildings ranging from flats and residential blocks to commercial premises and warehouses.
Based in the South East, we’ve conducted asbestos surveys everywhere from Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone through Dover and Canterbury, offering expert local knowledge and superb customer service. If you would like to have an asbestos survey carried out in Kent, please contact us today.
Asbestos Survey Kent
Having been carrying out asbestos surveying in Kent for many years, we understand local building styles and where asbestos is typically found. Asbestos has been banned in Kent (and the whole of the UK) since 1999, but the material can still be present in any building or property that was built or renovated before the law came into place. This means that if you are worried that asbestos may be present in your property, it is essential to have a survey carried out as soon as possible.
Homeowners will naturally wish to ensure that their family’s health is secure and no-one is being exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres simply by being in the home. For businesses and building owners there is a legal requirement in place to ensure that the risk of workers being exposed to asbestos is minimised. You must create a plan in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and having a survey carried out is the first step in this process.
How Our Surveys Work
We have carried out asbestos surveys at residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout Kent and beyond, calling on our experience in identifying all forms of asbestos and ACMs.
During one of our asbestos surveys we will conduct a comprehensive search of your premises in order to locate and identify any ACMs. We will then provide you with a detailed report on the current condition of the asbestos. This report will additionally contain recommendations on your next potential steps in dealing with the asbestos or devising a plan to manage it.
Asbestos Lab Testing
We include an asbestos testing service as a part of our surveys. If, during the survey, we discover any potential ACMs we will take a sample of the material and then send it way to a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) lab for testing. These tests will then reveal whether asbestos is present, and provide full insight into its condition.
The lab will send a certificate of analysis with each sample, and we typically expect to get the results back within 36 hours of the sample being taken.
Asbestos Air Testing
As a reliable local asbestos testing company, we are also able to organise comprehensive asbestos air testing, working with UKAS accredited air monitoring consultancies in order to offer a single, simple service. If asbestos has been disturbed in your property it can be necessary to have testing carried out in order to establish whether it is safe for work to resume in the building.
This can be an absolutely essential step if you are carrying out building or refurbishment works, and are concerned that asbestos is present in the property.
FAQs on Asbestos
Is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos was banned from any kind of use in the UK in 1999 due to its potentially hazardous effects on human health. Exposure to asbestos can cause lasting damage to your lungs with long-term consequences.
It is important to note that asbestos is generally only dangerous when the fibres are released into the atmosphere and can be breathed into the lungs – undamaged asbestos in good condition is not immediately dangerous to health, it’s only when this asbestos is disturbed.
Why do I need an asbestos survey?
It is a legal requirement for businesses to set out an action plan to keep employees and anyone else in their premises safe from asbestos. To create this plan, you need to have a survey conducted so that you can understand exactly where asbestos is present.
It is not a legal requirement to have an asbestos survey carried out on your home, but given the potential health implications, many homeowners wish to have a survey carried out for peace of mind. They can then take any necessary steps to protect themselves and their family from asbestos exposure.
Where can asbestos be found?
Before it was banned, asbestos was very commonly used in a huge variety of building materials. It can be everywhere from residential and commercial buildings to industrial sites.
How can I identify asbestos?
Asbestos and ACMs come in many different forms from insulation and ceiling tiles to cement and spray coatings. Many items that look harmless can contain high levels of asbestos, while some materials that look identical to asbestos are perfectly safe. Because of this, the only way to truly identify asbestos is to have a survey carried out by professionals.
Can I survey a building myself for asbestos?
You can only carry out an asbestos survey if you are qualified to do so. Due to the potential risk of exposure to asbestos, it’s important you call qualified and experienced asbestos experts.
If you are in Kent and would like to have an asbestos survey carried out please get in touch with us at Crucial Environmental today. You can call us on 01903 297818 to speak to a member of the team or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.