Many buildings which become structurally compromised are of significant age which can lead to the possibility of hazardous materials being incorporated into the design such as asbestos
Many buildings which become structurally compromised are of significant age which can lead to the possibility of hazardous materials being incorporated into the design such as asbestos.
Asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) were commonly used in the construction industry from the years 1940 to 1985 when asbestos production peaked and were still in use up to the late 1990’s.
If these materials are to be removed the appropriate training must be carried out to ensure the procedures are carried out in a safe manner to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful fibres that may be released. This hazardous material is stacked and packaged on-site for removal To a licensed hazardous waste management facility.
Our staff have received the appropriate training to ensure that working with these materials is carried out in a safe controlled environment with the correct protection. All personnel employed receive the relevant training to their specific role within the company from Safe Pass, Manual Handling, Mewp, Teleporter, Banksman/Signaller, Working at heights, Asbestos awareness and removal and all relevant CSCS cards.
The first step in asbestos management and removal is the completion of an asbestos survey which is normally initiated by an enquiry from a client or contractor. We have a list of independent, impartial, experienced and fully insured asbestos surveyors to carry out the survey most suitable to your requirements.
The following is a list of surveys that are carried out depending on the work involved on the project:
Asbestos Management Survey
Asbestos Refurbishment Survey
Asbestos Demolition Survey
Upon completion of the survey, safety documentation will be compiled tailored to the work specific to your project so the work will be carried out within the Health, Safety and Environmental Regulations.
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Projects will be completed in a safe controlled manner and in compliance with all Health, Safety and Environmental Regulations.
Our staff members receive all relevant training in the removal of asbestos (ACMs) from a variety of applications.
Asbestos material can be found in the following list of items:
➤ Asbestos Contaminated soil
➤ Asbestos Roof replacement & re-cladding service
➤ Repair to properties containing (ACMs) Fire, Flood and Storm Damaged to structures
➤ Internal Walls and Suspended Ceiling
➤ External Facia Soffits & Cladding
➤ Bonded Vinyl Floor Tiles & Friable Floor Covering
➤ Repair or encapsulation of asbestos lined walls and roofs
➤ Eve Gutters & Down Pipes
➤ Gaskets and Rope Seals
➤ Insulation on existing pipework
➤ Friable Fire Retardant Material
Asbestos was handled haphazardly for decades. Many people within the construction sector encountered the hazardous material on their daily duties at work completely unaware of its toxicity and the consequences and implication of working with the substance would have on their future health; thus, no applicable PPE was worn to prevent inhalation of the dangerous substance. All be the assumption that the material being handled on a daily basis was not dangers to the health of the operative this has proven to be quite the contrary and has been adverse affect on the health on construction workers all over the world.
Today there are strict guidelines governing the handling of asbestos material (ACMs). Those individuals who do not follow these rules are subject to fines and even imprisonment, depending on the extent of the mishandling. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has put these guidelines in place to protect not only those who handle asbestos as part of their job, but anyone else who may encounter the material in domestic properties, education facilities, commercial building or in various other applications.
Although the use of asbestos in Ireland was essentially halted in the late 1980s,asbestos containing material(ACM’s) has continued to have a real impact on the country over the past number of decades. The lives of many individuals have been adversely affected from the exposure to these hazardous materials which can still be found throughout the country, particularly in old domestic properties, old school/education properties, commercial factories, and commercial buildings. The presence of asbestos material means that it is likely that more individuals will be impacted by the hazardous material in the years to come.
Asbestos is a natural mineral made up of many small fibres. There are three main types:
• Blue asbestos - crocidolite
• Brown asbestos - amosite
• White asbestos – chrysotile
Common uses in the past are as:
• Insulation lagging in buildings and factories, on pipework and for boilers and ducts
• Asbestos insulating board, such as Asbestolux and Marinite, which were used as wall partitions, fire doors, ceiling tiles, etc
• Asbestos cement products such as sheeting on walls and roofs, tiles, cold water tanks, gutters, pipe and in decorative plaster finishes
• A spray coating on steel work, concrete walls and ceilings, for fire protection and insulation
Asbestos material can be inadvertently disturbed during maintenance, repair or refurbishment work on building. Drilling, cutting or other disturbance of existing asbestos materials can release asbestos fibres into the air. Asbestos products should always be handled carefully
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People may be exposed to asbestos in their place of work, local amenity areas, or domestic properties. If products containing asbestos (ACMs) are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibres can become airborne into the atmosphere.
These fibres are microscopic in size and can be approximately .02mm in size, the equivalent to the thickness of the human hair making them easily inhaled and undetectable to naked eye. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they become lodged into the lining of the respiratory system and remain within the system for a long period of time.
Over time, these fibres can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems There are three major lung conditions traced directly to asbestos exposure. These are lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Once asbestos is inhaled, the body has a hard time getting rid of the sharp fibres.
These fibres eventually build up in the lungs or abdomen over time. After many years, these fibres may cause cancerous changes.
Cancer starts in mesothelial cells, which comprise the protective membranes that cover the lungs, abdomen and heart.
Asbestos related illnesses were virtually unknown until the 20th century. After decades investigating the disease, medical researchers identified the affects of asbestos on the respiratory system. Diagnosis rates rose as people became more aware of the affects asbestos has on the respiratory system
Research studies proved inhaling or swallowing microscopic asbestos fibres can start a chain reaction that leads to several types of cancer. The toxic dust can also cause asbestosis, an incurable breathing disorder. There is now overwhelming proof asbestos is carcinogenic to humans, regardless of the type or fibre length.