Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, asbestos was a popular commodity due to the vast number of applications it could be utilised for. Insulation, spray coatings, concrete, and other materials were included. Unfortunately, the risks of asbestos were not widely understood at the time, and it was only prohibited in 1999.
Even though asbestos is no longer utilised in modern construction, it was not systematically removed from structures despite the concerns. If your office was built after 1999, asbestos was not utilised in any component of the building, which is a good thing. Older structures, on the other hand, are likely to contain asbestos.
Where in your office may you locate asbestos?
Asbestos was widely utilised as a kind of insulation, particularly in the roofs and interior walls of office buildings. It’s conceivable that your workplace is still there if it’s in an older structure. It might also have been utilised in sprayed coatings for walls, ceilings, beams, and columns, as well as vinyl floor tiles. Asbestos can also be found in a variety of different places, such as industrial and office buildings. Take a look at this useful resource put together by the HSE if you want to learn more about where you could encounter asbestos.
If you come upon asbestos, what should you do?
If you work in an office with asbestos, your company, or maybe the building’s owner, is required to have a management plan in place. This is to limit the possibility of asbestos exposure and any health problems that may arise as a result. The plan should include the location of any asbestos detected on the property as well as its current condition. If you have concerns about asbestos in your workplace, you should speak with the owner. If you’re in charge of the building, go here to read the HSE’s advice to asbestos management in buildings.
If asbestos is discovered in your office, it is preferable to leave it alone unless you have prior asbestos-related experience. Asbestos removal is hazardous because it disturbs the substance and may cause asbestos fibres to get airborne. Asbestos is especially harmful in this situation because it may be inhaled into the lungs.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned about asbestos. We have a lot of expertise in doing asbestos surveys and providing other services. We can also provide asbestos removal services for homes and businesses around the United Kingdom.