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.

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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. 

 

 

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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.

 

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Asbestos Air Monitoring and Fibre Counting

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.

Whilst the majority of our workload is undertaken during normal working hours from Monday to Friday, our team of analysts are available for overnight and weekend work. We will always endeavour to assist at short notice with any local emergency situations which may arise.

Here is one of our team reading filters for our in house quality control system to ensure we provide the best possible service.

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FREE initial quote upon request for all our services.

We will provide a FREE initial quote upon request for all our services. For a UKAS accredited, professional and expert opinion – call us today.#abestos #watertesting #chemicaltesting #legionella #occupationhygiene #microbiology ow.ly/qaOQ50zdFAa

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We are pleased to announce Ella and Chloe have successfully passed their P401 Exam

We are pleased to announce Ella and Chloe have successfully passed their P401 Exam (Identification of Asbestos in Bulk Samples (PLM)), joining our Asbestos bulks lab. Congratulations!

 

 

Find out more about our Asbestos Lab here: https://envirochem.co.uk/


Introducing our new self-sample asbestos testing kits!

Envirochem are please to introduce our new safe, cost-effective self-sample asbestos testing kits.

Each kit comes with all the personal protective equipment (PPE) you will need to safely take samples of suspect asbestos containing material from your property. The Kits have a set of easy to follow instructions, and return packaging. The samples will then be analysed in our own in-house UKAS accredited 17025 Laboratory. Once the samples are received back to the lab, we can get the report issued to you within 4 hours if you request.

Please see below to purchase them and for all the details of the self sampling kit

What can I expect to get in the kit?

  • Disposable FFP3 flat fold face mask, coveralls and gloves
  • Cleaning wipes to ensure sample tools are kept clean
  • Labelled grip lock Polythene sample bags
  • Sample submission form
  • Detailed and easy-to-follow instructions

 

What samples can I take?

The self sampling kit enables you to safely take a sample(s) from a material you suspect may be containing asbestos, materials include;

  • Corrugated cement
  • Walls and boards
  • External cladding panels
  • Soffit, fascia and rainwater goods
  • Window sills
  • Textured coatings
  • Many more… all explained in the kit.

For more information and full details of places asbestos could be, please see the website below;

http://www.hse.gov.uk/ asbestos/building.htm

 

Once the samples are received, they are analysed in our own in-house UKAS accredited 17025 Laboratory. With results available four hours from being received if requested.

 

Need any more advice

Our in-house laboratory staff is always on hand to help answer any questions you may have either by phone or email;

 

If you’d like to know more about our kits or how to order one give us a call on 01329 287777 or send us an email at office@envirochem.co.uk. Alternatively you can fill out the form below.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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We recommend dropping the samples back to us or sending the samples to us via courier.

 


Asbestos Fibre Identification in accordance with our UKAS accreditation and HSG 248.

Asbestos Fibre Identification in accordance with our UKAS accreditation and HSG 248.

 

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

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.

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.

Please fill out the form below or call us on 01329 287 777;

 

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What to do if you find asbestos in your house

If the case is you are living in a house which was constructed before 1980, there is a high chance it will have asbestos in it. Unfortunately, asbestos fibres are so fine (700-1000 times finer than that of hair) they are not visible through naked eyes. Therefore the only way to identify them, or find out whether your house actually has asbestos, is to look for probable places asbestos was used and then consult a laboratory and licensed inspector to test it.

If you are suspicious of asbestos being present in your house and want to test for asbestos in your home, call a licensed asbestos inspector. Here at Envirochem will can come out to your property and take a sample of any suspicious material. They will also advise you to take precautions while it is done, such as removing furniture, etc. The sample is  then tested in our UKAS accredited laboratory for asbestos. On our website is also helpful links to where asbestos may be in a domestic house.

https://envirochem.co.uk/news/where-in-premises-can-asbestos-be-found.html

For more on our asbestos services please fill out the form below or call us on 01329 287 777

 

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More UK schools suspected to have asbestos than first suggested

In the 1950’s to the mid 1980’s, Asbestos was widely used as a building material. It is a good choice of material for fireproofing and insulation due to its fire resistant properties. Any building, including; houses, factories, offices, hospitals and schools, that were built before the year 2000 could contain asbestos.

Most asbestos in schools can be found in pipe covering, walls/ceilings and fire doors. The asbestos becomes a risk to people when it is disturbed, which could happen at any time. The risk of asbestos being in schools, is the lack of understanding of asbestos among workers, teachers and students. This risk is greatly increased due to a many head teachers and governors not knowing the risks that could be in their building.

There is growing concern that more should be done to minimise the risks of asbestos within schools.

For more on this story please click on the link

 

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Asbestos Has Been Found On The Set Of EastEnders

A scare for all cast and crew as workers discovered asbestos while working on fibre-optic cables. This was in very close proximity of the set of EastEnders and Holby City. A BBC representative assures that all necessary health and safety procedures were followed and the risk was minimal.

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Envirochem offer many asbestos related survives, if you would like to inquire please fill in the form below

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