Advantage Environmental, The Fore Front of the Asbestos Removal Industry.
Advantage Environmental & Construction LTD specialize in the removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) found in the home or from commercial premises.
What is asbestos ??
Asbestos is a man made substance, it is in a naturally occurring fibrous material which has been mined as a natural material since the early 19th century.
There are six types composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, but it is more commonly known in 3 forms (Blue, Brown & White). It is wrapped around rocks that are mined from the ground.
Each fibre is composed of many microscopic “fibrils” that can be released into the atmosphere by grinding, drilling abrasion and other processes.
The importation and use were banned in the UK in 1985 for Blue and Brown and 1999 for White asbestos, but some countries still mine and use the product (Indian, China and Russia).
It was long thought that White asbestos was not harmful hence the delay
on it being banned from use and importation. It has been known because of
the stockpiles that this can be found in buildings as new as 2003.
Although any property/building built prior to 2000 should have a survey before any
refurbishment work is carried out.
What are asbestos dangers ?
- Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is more than the number of people killed on the road.
- Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure
- However, asbestos is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.
Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:
|Mesothelioma||Mesothelioma is a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs (pleura) and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract (peritoneum). It is almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal.|
|Asbestos-related lung cancer||Asbestos-related lung cancer is the same as (looks the same as) lung cancer caused by smoking and other causes. It is estimated that there is around one lung cancer for every mesothelioma death.|
|Asbestosis||Asbestosis is a serious scarring condition of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years. This condition can cause progressive shortness of breath, and in severe cases can be fatal.|
|Pleural thickening||Pleural thickening is generally a problem that happens after heavy asbestos exposure. The lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells. If this gets worse, the lung itself can be squeezed, and can cause shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest.|
Where does asbestos come from ?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral, which is dug up from mines within the ground. Some mines are still active and produce asbestos for counties like China that actively use it.
Where was it used ?
Before its dangers were known, ACMs were often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing and sprayed on ceilings and walls. With ACMs now banned in the UK any buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have ACM’s in them, (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) will highly likely contain ACM’s.
Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s)
Just some of the locations within a residential or industrial building where you are likely to find Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s)
- Floor Tiles & Bitumen (Floor Glue)
- AIB Ceiling Tiles, AIB Partition Walls
- Paper, Rope Seals, Fire Blankets, Woven
- Garage Roofs, Shed Roofs
- Artex / Textured Coating
- Cement Flues, Water tanks,
- Boilers, Fuse Box Liners
- Brake Linings, Lift Motors
- Heater Cupboards Doors, Panels, Gaskets
- Fascias, Soffits, Gutters, Downpipes, Soil Pipes
- Toilet Cistern’s, Old Telephones, Texiles
- Ironing boards, Loft Lagging
- Window Mastic, Window Panels
We recognise the realisation our home or building may contain asbestos can be a traumatic experience, therefore, it is our policy to meticulously follow and exceed all safety procedures in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
ACM removal being carried out on a roof in London.
Area’s of Operation
We carry out asbestos removal and asbestos surveys in the following areas:
- Greater London
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
For information regarding our services please contact us.