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Renovations and Hidden Asbestos

Renovations and Hidden Asbestos

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.

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 following:

 

  • Asbestos survey – don’t trust prior surveys to contain everything you need to know about your property. Alongside finding out the date your property was built (if built before 2000 assume asbestos is present in building materials) and getting existing building plans; you should also hire an HSE approved asbestos surveyor to re-check your property as they’ll be able to alert you to the condition of these materials and whether they need repairing/removing.
  • Testing – once your property has been mapped out and areas have been identified; one of the safest things you can do for your employees is to get them tested. This can either be performed by an asbestos surveyor (whilst they are surveying your property) or by a specialist who can take samples from these areas and confirm once and for all whether they contain asbestos.

    NOTE: only perform tests on areas that you are certain could be disturbed during your renovation. If they are not damaged and there is no risk of their condition being altered, then there is no need to test them.
  • Ensure your entire team has completed asbestos awareness training and training on licensable and non-licensable work – this training shouldn’t be exclusive to just your own internal team. If you are hiring any self-workers you should also check that they have had this training too. 
  • Create a list of every job that needs to be performed – by identifying every job that needs to be completed to fulfil the job, you will then be able to identify the level of training each worker needs. For instance, you wouldn’t think a painter, plasterer, plumber, electrician or an engineer would need to be aware of asbestos; however, their work actually has a high risk of exposure. For this reason, check to see if they have had asbestos awareness training, but also keep them informed of the areas that have been identified as having asbestos.
  • Risk management – using the list you made on point 4, you can perform a risk management assessment of the work before constructing a management plan that will reduce the risks of working with asbestos. 

Keep to each of these 5 tips, and you can ensure that your entire team is protected from exposure.

More importantly with the support of surveys and training, you can eliminate the risk of disturbing these materials and ensure that your renovations are completed smoothly and safely.

At ICE Asbestos, our team of specialists can supply you with the surveys, labelling and encapsulation work you need to help manage the risks associated with hidden asbestos. At the same time we can seal any damaged asbestos and deal with any removals; thus improving the efficiency of your project.

For more information, contact us today.

At ICE Asbestos we are licensed to perform both Management surveys as well as Demolition & Refurbishment Surveys. We work all over the UK and have offices in Birmingham, Darlington, London, Leeds, Nottingham and Norwich.

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Excellent prompt service by a very professional team. Recommend Ice Asbestos to carried your work in a very professional way. Thanks Tony for your excellent service.

Rich West -

After a standard, non specific and vague comment on a house valuation about care needing to be taken around possible asbestos in an old property, I was thrown into panic. Tony and his colleague came around at short notice and assured me that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. It was so reassuring and refreshing to be dealt with in such a fair and reasonable manner. ICE were the right people to call and I recommend them unreservedly. Thank you.

Mary Derbyshire -

Tony and his team have been on site and have carried out an assessment of the work needed to remove some asbestos containing material from a domestic setting. Ahead of the actual treatment work being carried out I can say that I am extremely pleased with how the assessment was carried out. They were punctual, friendly and gave a very honest assessment - being open about areas where they didn't think there as any risk as well as where there was risk. I've received test results which confirms t...

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Many thanks for your very efficient and professional service. We contacted the company Monday, a representative came Tuesday morning and we had the lab. result that afternoon. Excellent service.

Gill and Steve Hawkins -

Tony came out in the evening as I was concerned that I had artex containing asbestos. He was so helpful and said it's definitely not asbestos and not to worry. He didn't even charge me for the advice as he could clearly see it was not the case. He was so helpful and trustworthy, it would have been easy for him to take money from me and he didn't. It's great to meet someone with such integrity, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him. Thanks Tony!

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