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Where is Asbestos Found?

Asbestos can be found in any residential or commercial building built or refurbished before 2000. The material was banned for use in 1999, but there are obviously many older buildings where it is still present.

Where Asbestos Hides

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Asbestos in the home

Inside

A. Asbestos cement Water tank
B. Pipe lagging
C. Loose fill insulation
D. Textured decorative coating eg artex
E. AIB ceiling tiles
F. AIB bath panel
G. Toilet seat and cistern
H. AIB behind fuse box
I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
J. AIB partition wall
K. AIB interior window panel
L. AIB around boiler
M. Vinyl floor tiles
N. AIB behind fire

Outside

O. Gutters andAsbestos cement downpipes
P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
Q. AIB exterior window panel
R. Asbestos cement roof
S. Asbestos cement panels
T. Roofing felt
AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board

Common use of asbestos in residential properties

Inside an older standard dwelling built before 2000 you might find asbestos typically around he following areas:

As Insulation – so around water tanks, on pipework, as loose fill insulation, around a boiler or inside an airing cupboard.

Asbestos can also be present in a partition wall, in a fuse box or behind a fireplace. Sometimes it has been used as decorative ceiling coating, for example Artex.

Outside a property you might find asbestos around the roof – on soffits, gutters or downpipes. It is very common in the form or corrugated asbestos cement roofing on garages, and sometimes window panels.

Common use of asbestos in commercial properties

Industrial properties tend to have more asbestos use – especially where more pipework is present. Sprayed asbestos can be found on columns, beams, walls and ceilings. Also partition walls, floor and ceiling tiles and fire doors can contain asbestos.

Asbestos has also been used around toilet cisterns and seats, and also in some fire retardant textiles. You might also find it on flues.

Do you suspect you may have asbestos present and are planning works?

Speak to Knight Specialist Services and we can advise the best type of asbestos survey to suit your project.

Call us on 0161 333 0767 or use our contact page HERE.

Affordable Asbestos Testing Glossop | Peace of Mind for Comfort

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BCTG Skills Centree Glossop 
Asbestos Testing and Asbestos Survey
Two Storey Property in Glossop Town Centre 
First Floor Flat Inspected &
Ground Floor Office Space

Asbestos Testing Glossop | Asbestos Test and Inspection – Glossop, Derbyshire

Knight Specialist Services, a leading provider in asbestos surveys and testing, recently completed a significant project in the Glossop area. Their expertise was sought for a property at 13 Bernard Street, Glossop, which houses NSPP Vocational Training. This unique building features a two-storey residential flat on the first floor and a modern office space on the ground floor.

Modernisation and Asbestos-Free Assurance

The recent modernisation of this building played a crucial role in the survey outcomes. Due to the building’s recent updates, Knight Specialist Services’ thorough inspection and testing process revealed no presence of asbestos. This result is particularly noteworthy as it underscores the building’s compliance with current health and safety standards, ensuring a safe environment for both residents and office workers. The absence of asbestos in a recently modernised building like this is a testament to current construction practices’ focus on safety and sustainability.

The Asbestos Management Survey

For this project, Knight Specialist Services employed an Asbestos Management Survey. This type of survey is particularly suited for maintaining a property’s safety and compliance. It involves a detailed examination of the building to identify any presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) that could be disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation.

Importance of Asbestos Management Surveys in Commercial Properties

Conducting an Asbestos Management Survey is crucial for commercial properties, particularly those like the one at 13 Bernard Street, which have both residential and commercial spaces. The survey is essential for:

  1. Compliance with Health and Safety Regulations: It ensures that the property complies with health and safety regulations, particularly the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
  2. Risk Assessment and Management: It helps in assessing the risk of any asbestos present and formulating a management plan to prevent its disturbance.
  3. Safety of Occupants: The survey prioritises the safety of the building’s occupants, whether residents, employees, or visitors, by identifying and managing any asbestos-related risks.
  4. Maintenance and Renovation Works: It provides crucial information for any future maintenance or renovation works, ensuring that no ACMs are disturbed unknowingly.

Knight Specialist Services’ successful survey at NSPP Vocational Training’s premises in Glossop is a clear demonstration of their commitment to safety, compliance, and professionalism. Our expertise in conducting Asbestos Management Surveys ensures that buildings are not only compliant with regulations but also provide a safe environment for all occupants.

Our Asbestos Testing and Asbestos Surveys startrt from as little as £150.00 in Glossop, Derbyshire for one off testing, which includes 1 sample taken, analysed by a UKAS Laboratory and a briefing on completion with your results. We are based in Gee Cross, 10 minutes from Glossop Town Centre, so can on your site the same day carrying out your asbestos test with asbestos testers always local to Glossop and Derbyshire

In the United Kingdom, the management and handling of asbestos are governed by several pieces of legislation. The primary regulations are:

  1. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012): This is the key regulation that provides the legal framework for managing asbestos safely. It covers a wide range of asbestos-related activities, including its use, prohibition, licensure, and duties to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises. The regulations also outline the necessary training for those working with asbestos.

  2. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: While not specific to asbestos, this Act places a duty on employers to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees. This includes taking steps to control asbestos exposure.

  3. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: These regulations require employers to conduct risk assessments and take appropriate action to mitigate risks, including those related to asbestos.

  4. The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 and The Special Waste Regulations 1996 (Scotland): These regulations cover the disposal of asbestos waste.

For more information and guidance on asbestos management and regulations in the UK, the following websites are useful resources:

  1. Health and Safety Executive (HSE): hse.gov.uk/asbestos

    • The HSE website provides comprehensive information on asbestos, including legal obligations, how to manage asbestos in premises, and guidance on asbestos licensing.
  2. GOV.UK: gov.uk/asbestos-in-home

    • This government portal offers guidance on dealing with asbestos in homes, including identifying asbestos, risks, and how to dispose of it safely.
  3. Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA): arca.org.uk

    • ARCA is involved in setting standards and providing training and support for those in the asbestos removal industry. Their website contains information on finding a licensed contractor and industry best practices.
  4. The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS): bohs.org

    • BOHS provides information and resources related to occupational hygiene, including asbestos. It is a valuable resource for professionals seeking training and qualifications in asbestos management and control.

These resources offer detailed and up-to-date information on asbestos regulations, management practices, and health and safety guidelines in the UK.

About Us – Specialist in Asbestos Advice and Surveys

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About Us – Specialist in Asbestos Advice and Surveys

Knight Specialist Services are located in Stockport, Manchester but can respond to enquiries nationwide. Our team has a vast amount of experience in Asbestos Surveys, Testing and Inspection.We have helped many satisfied customers nationwide comply successfully with necessary Asbestos legislation.

Contact us today on 0161 333 0767 or email info@knightss.com.

We have helped hundreds of customers across Cheshire, Yorkshire & Merseyside. Areas also include Staffordshire and Derbyshire, with over 10+ years we have been successfully trading. We have also worked in London on many projects.

Please take a minute to browse through the many projects we have worked on over on our work page here.

SURVEY TYPE;- ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT SURVEYS

Asbestos Management Surveys are an essential component of responsible property management. Where the presence of asbestos in buildings constructed before the year 2000 is relatively common. These surveys are conducted to identify and assess the risks associated with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) within a property or building.

The primary objective of an asbestos management survey is to create a comprehensive record of ACMs. Their location, condition, and any associated risks. Trained asbestos surveyors perform these surveys meticulously, employing a systematic approach to inspect all accessible areas of a building. This includes concealed spaces such as wall cavities and ceiling voids. The surveyors take samples where necessary to confirm the presence of asbestos and its type.

Do you require an asbestos survey for your property Click HERE to find out more.

 

SURVEY TYPE;- ASBESTOS REFURBISHMENT AND DEMOLITION SURVEYS

Asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys are critical processes designed to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Undertaken before significant renovation or demolition work takes place. These surveys are essential in the United Kingdom, where the presence of asbestos in older structures is common and strict regulations govern its safe removal and disposal.

The primary purpose of a refurbishment and demolition survey is to locate and assess all potential ACMs, within the areas of the building that will be affected by refurbishment or demolition activities. This includes areas that might be inaccessible during a standard management survey. As these hidden ACMs can pose a significant risk when disturbed.

Qualified asbestos surveyors like Knight Specialist Services Ltd conduct the affordable asbestos survey in your Area.  We take samples from suspected materials and analysing them in accredited laboratories to confirm the presence of asbestos. Mike Knight also assesses the condition of the identified ACMs, which is crucial in determining the appropriate removal or encapsulation procedures to be followed.

In Conclusion;-

🏙️ Knight Specialist Services Ltd carryout Asbestos Surveys in Manchester, Stockport and the North West of England

We use a specialised UKAS Accredited for all Asbestos Analysis, the Laboratory we use is TVS Analysis Ltd

We are able to have a specialised Trained Asbestos Surveyor with you the next day.

Call Mike Knight on 0161 333 0767 or 07983 236 058 or take a look at our Work Page HERE

RAAC Concrete issues bring asbestos problems back to the fore

RAAC concrete asbestos

The recent headlines regarding crumbling concrete in schools have recently brought concerns about a double threat with asbestos being disturbed that is still present in many schools. 

As attention is focussed on plans to remove the brittle RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete), there are cases where asbestos surrounds the material and the work becomes a much bigger problem. 

It is highlighting the long unresolved issue of asbestos still present in many schools when it was used extensively during its most popular time in the 1950’s. 

Remediation works are estimated to slow dramatically where asbestos is present, extending the time school buildings have to remain closed.

More details on this story can be found HERE.

See below for details on where asbestos can be found in homes and commercial/government owned buildings.

Common use of asbestos in residential properties

Inside an older standard dwelling built before 2000 you might find asbestos typically around he following areas:

As Insulation – so around water tanks, on pipework, as loose fill insulation, around a boiler or inside an airing cupboard.

Asbestos can also be present in a partition wall, in a fuse box or behind a fireplace. Sometimes it has been used as decorative ceiling coating, for example Artex.

Outside a property you might find asbestos around the roof – on soffits, gutters or downpipes. It is very common in the form or corrugated asbestos cement roofing on garages, and sometimes window panels.

Common use of asbestos in commercial properties

Industrial properties tend to have more asbestos use – especially where more pipework is present. Sprayed asbestos can be found on columns, beams, walls and ceilings. Also partition walls, floor and ceiling tiles and fire doors can contain asbestos.

Asbestos has also been used around toilet cisterns and seats, and also in some fire retardant textiles. You might also find it on flues.

Do you suspect you may have asbestos present and are planning works?

Speak to Knight Specialist Services and we can advise the best type of asbestos survey to suit your project.

Call us on 0161 333 0767 or use our contact page HERE.

Asbestos Found During Refurbishment

Public toilets reopening in Cullercoats delayed until mid-August after asbestos found during refurbishment

The public facilities are now scheduled to reopen in mid-August after asbestos and delivery problems forced the project to be delayed.

The discovery of asbestos has delayed refurbishment work in a Cullercoats public toilet.

The public toilets, south of Cullerocoats Bay and off Beverley Terrace, were discovered to contain asbestos following analysis of a suspect cement pipe collar. The material has been subsequently removed and disposed of by specialised contractors.

To read more click HERE

Rochford: Civil servant apologises to school over asbestos

A senior civil servant has apologised for disruption at a secondary school that closed because of asbestos.

The King Edmund School in Rochford, Essex, was shut between November and late January.

The school’s 1,570 students were taught off site or via virtual learning.

The Department for Education (DfE) permanent secretary Susan Acland-Hood was updating the Public Accounts Committee in Westminster on the condition of school buildings.

Ms Acland-Hood said: “To the parents and pupils at King Edmund, on behalf of the department, we are really sorry that happened in that school and we are learning lessons from it.”

To read more click HERE

Asbestos Claims Continue

Johnson & Johnson Asbestos Claims Continue: California Man Alleges Baby Powder Led to Rare Cancer

A California man, Emory Hernandez Valadez, claims he developed a rare form of cancer due to exposure to asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) talc-based baby powder.

Lawyers for Valadez are urging a jury to order Johnson & Johnson to pay heavy punitive damages, citing the company’s conduct as negligent and “despicable.”

Attorney Joseph Satterley, representing Valadez, stated that a careful corporation wouldn’t sell a product that allows carcinogens to be applied to babies.

To read more click HERE

Asbestos in UK Schools

Asbestos in UK schools responsible for 10,000 deaths in four decades

As many as 10,000 UK school teachers, pupils and school staff have died of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure in school buildings in the past 40 years, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times.

To read more click HERE

Brazil Sinks Aircraft Carrier in Atlantic Despite Presence of Asbestos

Brazil has sunk a decommissioned aircraft carrier despite environmental groups claiming the former French ship was packed with toxic materials.

The “planned and controlled sinking occurred late in the afternoon” on Friday, 350km off the Brazilian coast in the Atlantic Ocean, in an area with an approximate depth of 5,000 meters (16,000 feet), the navy said in a statement.

To read more click HERE

Asbestos Surveys in Stockport, Manchester, Bolton, Warrington, Preston, Leeds and Nationwide

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