Asbestos

Asbestos Responsibility

If you own or manage a building you are responsible for the management of asbestos in the building and have a duty of care for the people working in, or on the building. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) require any asbestos found to be actively managed via an Asbestos register.

Types of Asbestos

Asbestos is a fibrous natural mineral. The three most common types of asbestos are:

  • White (chrysotile)
  • Brown (amphibole asbestos excluding crocidolite)
  • Blue (crocidolite)

Chrysotile Asbestos

Crocidolite Asbestos

Asbestos Risks

Asbestos is a killer. Every week approximately 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related diseases, highlighted by the HSE's Hidden Killer campaign, and knowing how and when to deal with asbestos is crucial.

  • Asbestos is only dangerous when disturbed.
  • If it is safely managed and contained, it doesn't present a health hazard.
  • Removing it can be more dangerous than simply containing it.

Lack of knowledge of the exact location of asbestos has always been a problem. Asbestos was used extensively in buildings and building materials in the past. Take a look at the diagram on the left to see the places where asbestos can be found.

Asbestos Management

Choosing the course of action should be made by the experts, which is why you should contact Amiante STR Ltd if you suspect asbestos is in a building. We are here to help.

If you think that you or your client has an asbestos problem, please contact us today at our Hampshire office 023 9223 0700 or our London office 020 8531 4969 or email us on enq@amiante.co.uk to discuss your asbestos management concerns and we will advise you what to do next.