Who we are
We carry out all types of asbestos survey on commercial, retail, industrial & heavy industrial, local authority and residential properties and provide our clients with user friendly and easy to understand reports. We are also able to take a consultancy or project management role in providing expert advice regarding the continuous management, (compliance) or remediation of any asbestos identified within your property. From our office in Birmingham we are able to service clients in the Midlands & throughout the UK.
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Types of Asbestos
Generally containing between 10-15% asbestos and are generally bound in cement or calcium silicate.
(Polyvinyl chloride) PVC or vinyl Tile: Generally contains less than 10% chrysotile (white asbestos) and is bound as a matrix within the tile itself, sheet floor coverings were sometimes backed with a thin layer of chrysotile paper.
Lagging Woven Ropes & strings
Asbestos content approaching 100% and used as packing and jointing material to boilers, ovens, and flue sealer, also used in fire curtains and gloves. Commonly used within electrical plant as flashguards and seals.
May contain asbestos and if well bonded, fibres are not often easily released. However, because of the asbestos content it is to be worked with safely.
Millboards that were manufactured between 1896 and 1965 can contain chrysotile asbestos (up to 97%). Often found: Pipe runs, electrical gear, vaults, storage.
Are contained within products that can generate very high fibre levels if disturbed. Often found in: Roof underlining (especially on asbestos cement roofs), service risers, floor voids, ceiling voids and around firebreaks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Knowledge and Advice
How much does a survey cost?
This depends on a combination of factors, including the size of the property and the number of rooms, additional information such as age of the property, whether site plans are available, and accessibility can be an important factor too.
How often do I need an asbestos survey?
The initial management survey will provide you with all the information to manage any asbestos identified going forward. A re-inspection (usually carried out at least once every twelve months) will ensure you remain compliant as long as you follow any recommendations that are applied. It is only when you plan refurbishment works to the property that you will need a further asbestos survey (which will normally be a refurbishment and/or demolition asbestos survey).
What is a management asbestos survey?
This is the legal minimum survey required to all non-domestic properties built before the year 2000. It comprises a visual inspection combined with sampling of materials that are likely to contain asbestos. It is a statutory requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
What is a refurbishment/demolition asbestos survey?
If you are planning any type of refurbishment or demolition works that go beyond a Management survey, you need a more detailed (and possibly intrusive) asbestos survey. This should reflect the work you intend to carry out. It can be invasive and involve making intrusions in walls and ceilings to get greater access to the fabric of the property. This is also a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
What type of asbestos survey do I need?
Generally it will fall into two categories; a Management survey or a Refurbishment and/or demolition survey. To find out which of these asbestos surveys you need contact the JB Asbestos team today.
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