Provide advice and guidance on asbestos surveys
The directors of PAC Ltd, are committed to ensuring the health, safety, and welfare at work of their employees and others who may be affected by their business.
All work is to be carried out in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and supporting legislation, we are not however, content merely to comply with our statutory duties, but are determined to ensure that the highest health and safety standards are achieved.
Large amounts of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were used for a wide range of construction purposes in new and refurbished buildings until 1999 when all use of asbestos was banned. This extensive use means that there are still many buildings in Great Britain which contain asbestos. Where asbestos materials are in good condition and unlikely to be disturbed, they do not present a risk. However, where the materials are in poor condition or are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibres are released into the air, which, if breathed in, can cause serious lung diseases, including cancers
Asbestos is a category 1 human carcinogen and as such, workers who disturb the fabric of buildings during maintenance, refurbishment, repair, installation, and related activities may be exposed to asbestos every time they unknowingly work on ACMs or carry out work without taking the correct precautions. The purpose of managing asbestos in buildings is to prevent or, where this is not reasonably practicable, minimise exposure for these groups of workers and other people in the premises. To prevent this exposure, information is needed on whether asbestos is, or is likely to be, present in the buildings, so that an assessment can be made about the risk it presents and appropriate measures put in place to manage those risks. Call usnow for a free no obligation quotation
What is soft strip demolition? Soft strip works are conducted before the demolition, refurbishment or remodelling of a building. The intention of the soft strip is usually to leave nothing but the steel frame/shell of the building.
It involves the removal of all non-structural elements of the interior and exterior. Call us now for a free no obligation quotation
There are three main types of asbestos which have been commonly used:
All types of asbestos are dangerous but Crocidolite and Amosite asbestos are known to be more hazardous than Chrysotile. The asbestos types are often referred to by their colour. But it is very difficult to identify them by colour. Colour and appearance can be affected in many ways, including by heat and chemicals, mixing with other substances and through painting or coating.
Although asbestos is a hazardous material, it can only pose a risk to health if the asbestos fibres become airborne and are then inhaled ACMs only release fibres into the air when they are disturbed. Also, the greater the disturbance of the ACM during removal, the greater the risk to health.