Asbestos sampling for domestic, commercial & industrial premises

There is no current requirement to remove asbestos from houses, specifically domestic buildings and no current regulation to control asbestos within them. However, if you are planning on selling your property, dealing with asbestos prior to this can avoid delays to the sale process and provide comfort to the buyer.

Commercial and Industrial premises are fully covered under the Control of Asbestos Regulations requiring organisations responsible for non-domestic premises to be fully aware of all Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in the premises they are responsible for and to hold an Asbestos Register and Management Plan.

 

Whatever the premises, if you suspect asbestos and wish to protect yourself, family or the general public who may visit the property, it’s important to undertake sampling of the suspected material. At Alpha Surveys, we can take the samples of the suspected ACM from your property in Kent or London and send them to be analysed by our independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

Sampling process

Some materials that may contain asbestos are: artex ceilings; ceiling tiles, boiler flues; insulating board, floor tiles; gaskets and seals; fire doors; partitions; gutters; and drainpipes. However, asbestos was added to many building products.

The process of taking an asbestos sample for analysis is generally quite straightforward but it is advised that this should be undertaken by a specialist as the procedure is specifically defined within current regulations.

The surveyor will deposit samples safely into a plastic container and forward to a UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis.

Asbestos examination

Three of six types of asbestos were commonly used in construction products until the late 1990’s. The three common types are Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos), Chrysotile (White Asbestos) and Amosite (Brown Asbestos). Crocidolite and Amosite Asbestos are known to be significantly more dangerous, although all types represent a risk to health.

Examination of any asbestos found in your property should be left to a qualified Asbestos Surveyor, so if you do suspect any, contact Alpha Surveys for our Asbestos Sampling and Analysis Services in London and Kent.

Any major building refurbishment or demolition should ensure that any potential ACMs are sampled prior to work commencing, to allow for location identification and condition of ACMs. Alpha Surveys provides UKAS accredited independent laboratory analysis services for your suspected ACMs.

If you wish to know the next steps to take after receiving your sample analysis back as positive for containing asbestos, we can provide you with a asbestos management/inspection survey. This will allow you to know how at risk you are and the condition of the ACM. In most cases, no specific action is required unless the ACM is in poor condition or subject to disturbance.

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