Ensure that you undergo an asbestos survey in Marlborough whenever making changes to a building. Asbestos refers to a group of fiber-based silica minerals that have excellent chemical and fire resistance, along with high melting point temperatures and tensile strength. Asbestos is also a poor conductor of electricity and heat. All these properties make it an ideal material for various uses. In the building industry in particular, asbestos is used as insulation, in cement products, textiles, floor tiles, and decorative coatings among others.
For companies and homes in Marlborough, an asbestos survey is essential to everyone’s health on the building site. Until recently, the adverse health effects caused by asbestos have been overlooked. Due to its fibrous nature, asbestos can spread tiny fibre strings into the air. These fibres can then cause lung disease upon inhalation. The three most common diseases caused by asbestos are: asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The insidious aspect of asbestos-related lung disease is that it can take anywhere from 15 to 60 years for it to manifest. Given that legislation regarding asbestos has only gone into effect relatively recently, death from asbestos related diseases is expected to peak between 2015 and 2020.
It is of paramount important to hire a professional team and get an asbestos survey in Marlborough, if you come across asbestos during any construction or maintenance activity. Once you have the company on retainer, you will receive a detailed report about the status and location of the asbestos. However, there may be cases in which you come across a source of asbestos that has not yet been discovered. In this, you can either alert the Asbestos Officer, or the alternative professional that was designated. The asbestos will then be either removed or encapsulated, and analysed in order to assess any potential risk. After that, the asbestos register for the building will be updated with the location and status of the newly-found asbestos materials. If you are currently working on a building site that has asbestos present contact ACS. We are able to provide asbestos services at very reasonable prices.