Why do I need to sample suspect asbestos materials?
Asbestos is a term used for a number of naturally occurring minerals which have been widely used throughout the UK for a vast array of uses (What is Asbestos?). When the material is disturbed, it is prone to release fibres which, when inhaled, can cause a number of asbestos related diseases.
In order to ensure that materials that may contain asbestos are not accidently disturbed, it is important to either take reasonable steps to find materials likely to contain asbestos through sampling, or to presume that the materials do contain asbestos. Presumption is a satisfactory method of management however, if you are planning to disturb the material through planned works then it is important that you know the type of asbestos to avoid unnecessary costs for removal.
It may also be necessary to identify asbestos prior to a house purchase so that any future removal costs can be shared with the current owner, or to satisfy your mortgage company. Home buyer asbestos surveys are also available.
To avoid potential exposure and damage to asbestos, testing should only be undertaken by experienced individuals who have the necessary asbestos training. All samples should be analysed by a UKAS accredited laboratory.
Hatch Consultancy offer a fast, efficient and highly competitive asbestos sampling service. If you would like any further information, or to discuss your requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01822 742 995 or 07769 326428.