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Latest News From ICEAsbestos
Below are all the latest news stories surrounding asbestos and how it can affect your domestic and commercial properties. Discover for yourself how asbestos may affect your renovation plans.
The answer is yes, it is recyclable, but only in a very controlled manner and by certain recycling plants...Read More
We have had to tread cautiously around Asbestos since the realisation of its dangers since the 1970s. Its disposal has to be planned and achieved with great care and attention, but is there an option to recycle it, instead of just disposing of it as hazardous waste?
Asbestos can only be removed by an individual who is trained to handle it. Once removed, it has to be double-wrapped...
We are aware of the serious effects Asbestos can have on your health - but have we considered the effect it may be having on them? Similarly, once we’ve gotten the Asbestos out of our homes, where is the hazardous waste being disposed of and how is it affecting our wildlife?Read More
Even though it is extremely rare for pets and animals to contract diseases linked to Asbestos exposure; there have been cases of it happening, especially to dogs who have been taken off their lead on walks within wooded...
Responsible for over 5,000 worker deaths every year, the dangers asbestos poses is vastly understated, especially when you take into account how few people are aware of its presence in buildings and the impact it can have on your body.Read More
Part of the problem stems from the fact that asbestos is considered harmless when it’s in peak condition. Undisturbed, you can safely sit, live and work around it and be none the wiser to the dangers it possesses. However, if it were to become damaged/disturb...
Since the 1970s it’s been understood that exposure to Asbestos can do serious harm to your health. Mesothelioma and Asbestosis are just a handful of conditions that can develop as a result of Asbestos exposure. However, the most concerning thing for individuals with these conditions is that it they aren’t reversible and in many case, becomes the cause of death.Read More
The HSE has reported that there could be a peak in Asbestos-related deaths during 2018, with no current expectations for the morta...
We have been aware of a link between asbestos exposure and cancer since the mid-1960s, however many of us are unaware that it isn’t possible to avoid the mineral entirely as it can be easily found in the air we breath and the water we drink - luckily, at very low levels.Read More
Even though asbestos is a naturally occuring material, it isn’t biodegradable and doesn’t break down without human intervention. If asbestos is disturbed, it can release tiny fibres that can travel long distances in the...
ICE Asbestos have just confirmed a 5-year contract extension with a leading Housing Association for the use of our professional asbestos removal services.Read More
This extension is recognition of the value and quality of services we always aim to provide our clients. Furthermore, it demonstrates the efficiency of our services and our mission to provide them in the safest and most cost-efficient way possible.
And fruits of our endeavours have paid off…
Over the course of our service, we have formed...
ICE Asbestos have just secured a substantial account with a large UK national glazing and manufacturing business, to manage all of their asbestos removal requirements nationwide.Read More
And this is great news for ICE Asbestos, as the acquisition of this impressive account further strengthens the recognition awarded to us by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), as well as our level of commitment and passion towards the safe disposal of waste.
This national business already has over 30 years marketpl...
We’ve previously discussed the dangers associated with renovating domestic and commercial properties (that were built prior to 1999) and the risks they can pose to your health with prolonged exposure (mesothelioma; lung cancer; asbestosis (lung scarring) and diffuse pleural thickening) - but what of land?Read More
You may not think it but venture onto railway land, heavy engineering sites, old waste disposal sites, scrap yards, power stations and sites where pre-1980’s buildings have been demolished...
Asbestos is a tricky thing. Whilst we are aware of its presence and the dangers it can pose to our health; there is a worrying number of builders and tradespeople whose knowledge on this topic is limited despite having undergone asbestos training.Read More
And asbestos is not a substance that you can approach lightly, as the slightest disturbance to building materials containing asbestos (especially if done regularly) can endanger your life.
How Can You Broaden Your Knowledge?
Even if you’ve already...
Before you embark on your renovation project it is important as a trader and builder that you know how to prevent asbestos disturbances and are fully aware of the risk asbestos poses.Read More
All too often, asbestos-containing materials are disturbed without workers even realising it. From walls and ceilings to under the stairs and doors… many of these materials contain hidden traces of asbestos that can pose a danger to your team.
That is why before you commit to a project you should do the followi...
Similar to domestic properties, it is not uncommon to find asbestos on farmland and within the property itself.Read More
The most common type of asbestos found on farms is chrysotile and is commonly found in: pipe and boiler insulations (where it has been mixed with blue and brown asbestos); panels between wallboards; brake linings on old vehicles; corrugated roofing and cladding, and in rainwater pipes and gutters.
Another way to identify its presence is by flaking or powdering on damaged/worn surface...
Whether you’re hoping to renovate a domestic property or make improvements to a commercial property; before you commence any work it is important to ensure that you and the contractors you hire are fully aware of the risks of disturbing/making changes to your property.Read More
Homeowners are especially at risk, as too few of them are aware of the dangers asbestos can pose. Similarly, many have little idea of how old their property is or of the numerous places asbestos may be hidden in their home.
Our New Certificate – Licence to Undertake Work with AsbestosRead More
With asbestos classed as a category 1 carcinogen and related to over 5000 deaths (asbestos related diseases) a year in the UK alone, it is important as a business that we attain an Asbestos Licence.
This licence allows us to deal with asbestos in conditions that involve significant hazard, risk or public concern.
At the same time, this licence highlights that we adhere to health and safety law and recognise that the ‘legal duty...
Any property built before the year 2000, runs the risk of containing building materials made from asbestos as it was only in 1999 that the use of asbestos in construction was made illegal.Read More
With this understanding, before any building work, refurbishments or repairs can take place; it is vital to find out when your property was built so you can determine the potential risk to your contractors.
Yet this is not all you need to factor into the equation. Should you discover asbestos in your propert...
Given the number of dangers and health risks that are associated with asbestos, dealing with it can be a daunting business, especially if it needs testing, repairing or removing.Read More
How can you deal with it effectively without endangering yourself, your family, contract workers or your employees?
The first step is addressing the issues and challenges faced when dealing with asbestos and searching for safe solutions:
1. Testing for asbestos (without releasing spores into the atmosphere)
We need to be clear from the start – no form of asbestos is safe – there are just some that are more dangerous than others, because they are at a higher risk of becoming damaged and releasing their fibres.Read More
How to spot the difference
Whilst asbestos is no longer used within building materials and has been illegal since 1999, there are three types that are still commonly found within properties that you need to be aware of:
Blue asbestos (crocidolite) – the least heat resistant of the t...