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If you’re concerned about the risk of asbestos at your site, learn more about this before taking the next steps with our removals team in Stoke-on-Trent.

Keeping you well informed

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Asbestos is the term used for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. Due to their insulation and heat resistant qualities, asbestos was once commonly used in building materials, cement, and insulation for properties up and down the UK and across the globe.

 

Unfortunately, it was later discovered that inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibres can cause many chronic issues including progressive lung disease, inflammation, scarring and some cancers. Though the use of asbestos is now banned in the UK, many structures built before 2000 may still contain this hazardous substance.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is asbestos?

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What is asbestos?
S J Walchester has the answers

LEARN MORE BEFORE YOUR REMOVAL

If you’re concerned about the risk of asbestos at your site, learn more about this before taking the next steps with our removals team in Stoke-on-Trent.

Understanding the risks

If left intact and undisturbed, asbestos presents a relatively low risk to health and safety. However, in the event of a demolition or other construction work, disruption to the installation can cause the asbestos's tiny fibres to be released into the air, posing a danger to all who may be within the vicinity.

 

Diseases related to inhaling asbestos can take decades to present themselves, and many individuals will only be aware of issues many years after their exposure.  That's why, whilst on site, it’s imperative that full protective clothing is worn, including masks and a full-face kit, to prevent any fibres being inhaled or coming into contact with the body and skin.

Additionally, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has outlined the levels in which a licensed professional must handle asbestos related tasks and when the health and safety risk is low enough for them not to be required. These are classed as licensed and unlicensed works, which you can learn more about on our following pages. 

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Get the professionals on board

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Given the safety concerns and potential risks of exposure that surround all types of asbestos, it’s imperative that you employ an experienced, licensed team to deal with its removal. S J Walchester Ltd have been working with developers and private clients since 2007, managing the identification, removal and disposal of this hazardous insulation.

 

If you suspect asbestos within your property or on site, don’t take a chance. Reach our team in Stoke-on-Trent to book a survey and discuss the best, most effective and safe approach forward.

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The most common of the group, chrysotile is characterised as a white or yellowish substance commonly found in walls, floors, ceilings and roof areas of both residential and commercial properties. This once popular insulator was also used by automobile manufacturers in the linings of brakes and gaskets, and by the construction sector for appliances, ducts, pipework and boiler seals.

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Worried about asbestos?

Contact S J Walchester Ltd to book a site survey and assess the level of risk before work commences. Our team in Stoke-on-Trent will be more than happy to advise.

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