Analysis for the Built Environment

What is analysis in the Built Environment:

We offer a variety of analyses for the Built Environment where sensitivity is required in understanding the composition and nature of various substances.

For example, lead, arsenic and other metals in paint, anthrax or gypsum in plaster, mould and more.

Why test:

Many substances in the built environment can cause serious harm if they are disturbed and you are exposed to them. For example:

Lead in paint if breathed in or ingested can lead to changes in your blood and have effects on your nervous system and kidneys.

Anthrax is a potentially fatal infection caused by Bacillus anthracis that is transmitted from animals to humans. In the built environment one of the main sources of anthrax risk is horsehair plaster, typically found in older buildings, and usually pre-dates the 1950’s.

Paint and wallpaper containing arsenic that becomes damp, can be metabolised to a volatile form of arsenic called arsene. This arsene can then be inhaled by the occupants of the building. Even if concentrations are low, prolonged exposure can lead to arsenic bio-accumulating in the body and subsequent sickness. 

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and other similar gases in insulating foams are ozone layer depleting substances, which is one of the driving causes of climate change. Many of these substances are banned or are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol because of how damaging they are to the ozone layer.

Who should test:

Depending on what you are testing for, below is a few examples of who might require testing:

  • Demolition workers
  • Building contractors
  • Anyone carrying out refurbishment works
  • Individuals doing DIY
  • Anyone concerned about mould growth
  • Insulators or Insulation removers

What we can offer:

Envirochem can offer a range of testing including:

  • UKAS accredited Lead and Chromium in paint testing
  • Arsenic in paint and wallpaper testing
  • Anthrax or gypsum in plaster
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in foam and polystyrene
  • Mould analysis
  • Tests for over 30 metals in paint

We can also attend site and sample for you or alternatively we offer self-sampling kits for you to sample yourself to send to us for analysis.

For more information call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below:

Contact Envirochem now
Sending

What is Asbestos?

What is Asbestos:

Asbestos is not one material as it is commonly mistaken for, but the term used for the fibrous forms of seven naturally occurring minerals.

In the United Kingdom, the three most common forms of asbestos are chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue). They are found in common building materials such as insulation board panels, spray coating, bonded cements, gaskets, insulation, textured coatings, and vinyl flooring and more.

Why test for asbestos:

Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health implications, including Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Asbestosis.  Approximately 5000 workers still die per year from asbestos related illness.

Who should test:

Asbestos could be found in any building or construction built before 2000, this includes houses, schools, factories, hospitals and more.

Anyone who is involved in a trade such as demolition and those in the refurbishment, maintenance, and similar trades where it is foreseeable that your work will disturb the structure of the building, or even just individuals doing some DIY at home or work should check and get testing /surveying carried out before disturbing materials that could contain asbestos.

What we can offer:

Envirochem offers a competitive Asbestos Fibre Identification service returning results by email within 24 hours in most cases.

Samples can be delivered to our laboratory or collected by our analysts.

An Asbestos Fibre Identification certificate is produced for each batch of samples analysed, which is available most commonly in PDF format via email.

For more information please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below.

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


The HSE have sentenced a company and director for exposing workers to asbestos.

The HSE have sentenced a company and director for exposing workers to asbestos.

 

Make sure you keep your employees and workplace safe. 

 

 

press.hse.gov.uk/2021/07/08/com

 

For more information on how we can help and advice, from asbestos surveys and air monitoring to asbestos fibre identification and asbestos awareness training courses and more please fill out the form below or call us on 01329 287 777.

 

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


Asbestos Testing Kits

 

Everyone knows that the presence of asbestos is definitely something you don’t want lurking around your home or workplace. With our asbestos self-test kits it’s never been easier to take a sample of an area you think may have asbestos and get it tested by us so you can get on with your day-to-day life.

Our self-sampling kit will enable you to take a sample, safely, from a material you suspect contains asbestos. The substance can be found in a number of materials, and it is commonplace in buildings built prior to 2000. It can be found in anything from corrugated cement and internal cladding panels to window sills, walls and boards. It is always safest to check whether asbestos is present before making any changes to a building.

If you’re considering renovating your home or workspace, make sure you order one of our self-test kits today to ensure the process is as safe as possible. Alternatively, our expert team is always on hand to attend a site and take samples for you. For more information, get in touch with one of our experts today.

We always want your safety to be a priority and to make sure the process of checking for harmful substances is as straight forward as possible. Whether it’s at work or in your home, we understand that it’s not always easy to know where to start if you’re worried about asbestos. Our self-test kits are easy to use, come with all the necessary protective equipment and instructions and can be returned back to us for analysis. If needed, we can let you know feedback and results in just four hours!

We also have a wide variety of self-test kits for a range of different substances along with our Asbestos testing kit, we also offer  Lead in Paint testing kits, Legionella testing kits and more.

Order any of our full range of self-test kits here:

 

For more information or to get in touch with one of our team please fill out the form below or email us at office@envirochem.co.uk.

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


Hi-tech machines and instrumentation

 

Here at Envirochem, we have a wide range of Hi-tech machines and instrumentation, and use the most up to date scientific techniques.

 

This allows us to offer the best possible services, fast turnaround times and a large selection of testing and analysis options.

 

For more information and how we can help you call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

 

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


Leak Air Testing on the perimeter of negative pressure units to an asbestos enclosure.

We were recently commissioned to carry out Leak Air Testing on the perimeter of negative pressure units to an asbestos enclosure, this is to  ensure that an elevated level of airborne fibres are extracted from the enclosure by the negative pressure units and there are no leaks.

Envirochem offer the full range of asbestos air monitoring services geared specifically to meet the requirements of your project, in accordance with HSG 248.

Our growing fleet of asbestos analysts are provided with fully equipped mobile laboratories allowing for on-site analysis of air samples and instant certification upon completion of analytical monitoring.

For more information call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below:

Contact Envirochem now
Sending

 

https://envirochem.co.uk/asbestos/asbestos-air-monitoring-and-fibre.html


We have recently achieved Accreditation status as a Fit2Fit Respiratory Equipment Fit Test Provider.

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is essential for Health and Safety. We carry out examination and Face Fit Testing of RPE in order to determine the suitability of the protective equipment.

 

And we have recently achieved Accreditation status as a Fit2Fit Respiratory Equipment Fit test Provider.

 

For more information and all our services please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

 

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


What does Asbestos look like?

You may have heard of Asbestos….but do you know where it might be? What it looks like? And what to do if you come across it in your home or building site? Envirochem can help you with all your asbestos related enquiries.

 

For more information call us or fill out the form below; 

 

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


Controlled Demolition at Fawley Power Station

Last week our analysts supported Brown and mason in the controlled demolition of another building at the Fawley Power Station.

 

Envirochem’s expert analysts were on site carrying out perimeter monitoring during the demolition and then we will now be monitoring whilst the rubble is cleared to ensure all safety measures are met. 

 

For more information or to speak to us about our services please call on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

 

Contact Envirochem now
Sending


Asbestos Awareness Training

If you work in a trade such as demolition and those in the refurbishment, maintenance and similar trades where it is foreseeable that your work will disturb the structure of the building, asbestos awareness training for all staff is essential!

 

Here at Envirochem we can provide full awareness training courses at both our premises. Find out more:

For more information call us on 01329 287 777 or fill out the form below;

 

Contact Envirochem now
Sending