How Do I Know If I Have Asbestos?

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How Do I Know If I Have Asbestos?

How Do I Know If I Have Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used in the construction and modernization of buildings for many years. It may be present in many kinds of older building materials, such as: roof tiles, wall panels, floor tiles, insulation panels in storage heaters, packing between floors and partition walls, bath panels, airing cupboard walls, central heating flues, textured paint and plastering, garage and shed roofs, gutters and drainage pipes, pipe lagging, cement fireplace surrounds, and fuse boxes. The Health and Safety Executive offers extensive information and advice regarding the application and removal of asbestos.

If something is made of asbestos, you cannot tell just by looking at them. If you suspect a material contains asbestos, hire a licensed asbestos removal contractor to inspect and test the samples of the material. Persons certified as Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialists can identify, detect and assess asbestos-containing materials. Depending on the usage, activity and planned works of your building, these certified consultants survey your home, utilizing a systematic approach to recognize all suspected materials.

They perform three types of asbestos survey: Type 1 – Location and assessment survey (Presumptive or non intrusive survey), Type 2 – Standard sampling, identification and assessment survey (Sampling survey) and Type 3 – Full access sampling and identification survey (Pre-demolition/major refurbishment survey). After identifying the asbestos containing materials in the premises, they prepare a report that includes the approximate quantity of each material determined to contain asbestos.

If you wish to sample the suspected asbestos-containing material yourself, remember to take safety measures to protect yourself against the exposure of asbestos during sampling. The sample should be taken to an NVLAP Accredited Laboratory for Asbestos Bulk Analysis. Always seek expert advice before handling assumed asbestos-containing materials. Only employ a properly trained and experienced person to sample the assumed materials.

 

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