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Our detailed asbestos surveys in Kent involve a thorough examination aimed at identifying and rating the presence of materials containing asbestos (ACMs) in buildings across the county. Our certified asbestos surveyors conduct surveys throughout the southeastern region, following the strict guidelines and regulations established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
When testing for asbestos in your Kent home, we will take small samples from materials we suspect may contain asbestos fibres. The main aim is to find out how much asbestos there is, and the type of asbestos, as there are six different types, some more dangerous than others. We take the samples to an accredited laboratory to carry out the tests, where they follow well-established protocols and standards.
Our highly trained professionals are responsible for collecting the samples, and employing strict safety precautions to minimise the risk of releasing asbestos fibres.
The samples are put through a rigorous laboratory analysis process when received at the asbestos testing laboratory. This analysis uses techniques such as polarised light microscopy (PLM) or transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These advanced methods enable the precise identification and amount of asbestos fibres present within the samples.
A Kent asbestos survey report gives us plenty of information about what was found during the asbestos survey. Experts make the report, and it contains details about the property, the survey date, and who did the survey. The report has a section called “Executive Summary” that briefly explains the most important things found. The report also describes how the survey was done, and the methods used to check for asbestos, such as visual inspections, sampling, and analysis.
The report specifies whether it was a Management Survey or a more extensive Refurbishment/Demolition Survey. It describes the specific areas that were surveyed, which are more extensive in a Refurbishment and Demolition survey than a Management Survey.
The results part of the report tells you about what the survey found. It has all the details about where asbestos is, how much there is, and its condition. The report might have pictures or drawings to show where the asbestos is.
The report also talks about how dangerous the asbestos is. It looks at how easy it is to touch or damage the asbestos and gives each instance a rating for its risk.
Finally, the report gives ideas for how to take care of the asbestos. Depending on how dangerous it is, they might suggest sealing it up, keeping an eye on it, or taking it out completely.
The report includes an asbestos register, a comprehensive record detailing the location, type, condition, and risk assessment of all identified ACMs. This register is valuable as a reference document for future management and maintenance activities.
The report emphasises the legal obligations and responsibilities of the duty holder or property owner in managing asbestos risks. It may provide information on the Control of Asbestos Regulations, offer guidance on compliance, and outline any specific actions required to meet legal requirements.
The primary goal of a Kent asbestos report is to provide a an easy to understand, but detailed overview of the asbestos-related risks in a building. It aims to offer practical recommendations for effectively managing the risks, ensuring the safety of both residents and workers.
In 1999, the government banned almost all use of asbestos due to its high risk to human health. If undisturbed, it’s not likely to be harmful, but during demolition or renovation work, it releases microscopic fibres that can cause serious illnesses like lung cancer and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma usually starts in the tissue layers covering each lung and is a cancer almost always caused by asbestos fibres.
Asbestos fibres are tiny and can linger in the air, making it easy to inhale them unknowingly. These fibres get lodged in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation over time.
Unfortunately, related diseases often go unnoticed for years until symptoms appear; by then, it’s usually too late for early-stage treatments. This results in a shortened life span.
We know it’s worrying to think there may be asbestos within your property. We offer professional Kent asbestos surveys and removal services, so you can sleep easily, knowing your house is safe.
In Kent, asbestos can be found in many older buildings and other structures, as builders commonly used building materials containing asbestos until the government banned it in 1999.
Kent has quite a large percentage of rural areas and, therefore, a slightly lower rate of asbestos-related diseases than the national average. But having said that, building owners and managers must still take precautions. This includes calling professionals to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials with an asbestos survey and arranging a management plan for safe removal and disposal.
If you live in Kent and are concerned about the presence of asbestos in your property, you can count on us to help you. We provide asbestos management surveys and refurbishment and demolition surveys. We’ve been in the business for many years and have the latest instruments and techniques to conduct correct and comprehensive surveys.
Asbestos can pose serious health risks to you and your family, so we strongly recommend contacting us as soon as possible. Our team will thoroughly assess your premises and provide you with an honest and transparent report. So schedule a survey and enjoy peace of mind knowing your property is free from asbestos hazards.
Our experienced asbestos surveyors are trained, experienced, and fully insured. We can help you with any asbestos-related project, whether large or small.
As well as asbestos surveys and testing, we also offer Kent asbestos removal.
Call 07928 715450 for more information on our asbestos services in Kent, or fill out our online form, and we will reply as soon as possible.