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Unacceptable Risk of Asbestos in Scotland

Medical and legal experts in Scotland have warned of a health ‘time bomb’ due to the use of Asbestos in schools and other council buildings north of the border. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of people coming forward with asbestos-related illnesses based on the buildings they work in.

In 2014 there were 175 cases of mesothelioma in Scotland, the highest rates of the disease in the world and the numbers are likely to increase with people continuing to come forward suffering from asbestos related illnesses linked to schools, council buildings, hospitals, leisure centres and a range of public buildings.

There are no calls to bring into force more stringent limits of asbestos fibre, which currently stands at 10,000 fibres per cubic metre, as approved by the HSE. In Scotland especially it seems, routine maintenance and the run down nature of many public buildings that lack funding to be refurbished, have led to asbestos fibres being released into the air at too regular intervals, putting lives at risk.

With the general election coming up, the levels of asbestos exposure in public buildings in Scotland could become a hot topic for all parties to consider.

At Artisan Surveyors we understand how important it is to safely and securely manage asbestos so as to limit the potential exposure to those working and living within buildings that we work on. For more information about our service, call us today.

Number of Lincolnshire Asbestos Related Deaths to Peak in Next Two Years

A coroner in northern Lincolnshire has declared that the number of inquests into the deaths of people exposed to asbestos is on the rise, and that the cases will likely peak in the next two years. Many of the cases are linked directly to exposure from the place of work of the deceased.

As a culture we started to become aware of the dangers of asbestos and asbestos-related illnesses and diseases in the last 30 years, but with the advancement of diagnosis it is often now evident that a person has died due to this type of illness, rather than requiring an expensive and lengthy post-mortem process.

In the Lincolnshire cases there has been a factory worker, pipefitter and bank manager as some of the different types of occupation that individuals have suffered as a result from. It goes to show how extensively asbestos was used within construction prior to it being banned as a material to be used in the UK in 1999.

Artisan Surveyors have an expert team of asbestos specialists, skilled in asbestos management and the removal of the potentially deadly materials from many different types of properties, both private and public. If you would like to find out more about how we can manage asbestos at your residential or commercial property, or you require some assistance with a public building, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.

Tenancy arrangements and how responsibilities may be allocated or shared

The duty to manage and remove asbestos from a property is the sole responsibility of the owner if you live in a rented property. This means that the owner needs to put into place any practical steps that are necessary to prevent the risk of exposure to asbestos fibres. It doesn’t necessarily mean asbestos, if it is contained should be removed. So as a duty holder how should you comply?

  • Firstly you would need to find out whether or not your property contains any asbestos, and if it does, what type of condition it is in. If you are in doubt as to whether any of the materials in the building contain asbestos then always presume they do and initiate professional advice.
  • An expert who deals with asbestos management would investigate any risk to the premises and work force or inhabitants. Asbestos is only dangerous when it is disturbed so as long as it is managed appropriately then it will not present any health hazards.
  • A plan should then be put into place that manages this risk coupled with how it will be acted upon. Not all ACM’s present the same dangers to your health so measures can be put into place to control rather than remove the risk.
  • Information should then be provided to all of the employees, or contractors who could disturb and then expose the asbestos. A professional team will then put the appropriate safety controls in while any work is done and the asbestos is removed.

The Tricky Places Asbestos May Be Hiding in the Workplace

Many people think that asbestos is only present in roofing, and therefore if they know what the roofing or insulation materials in non-domestic premises are, feel confident that they are asbestos free.

However, this is far from the truth, because asbestos can be hiding in many other locations. In fact, asbestos surveys at non-domestic premises can easily find asbestos in dozens of other locations. This is due to the fact that there can be insulation in many surprising places inside the structure of the workplace.

Asbestos survey reports from Artisan Surveyors will easily identify the hidden spots where asbestos may be hiding in your workplace. In case you have any doubts about the worth of a survey, here are some of the places where it may be concealed.

First of all, asbestos can be found on sprayed coatings, which can include ceilings, but also columns and beams. Any loose fill insulation may have asbestos, as well as lagging that is found around pipes and boilers in a building. Some water tanks have asbestos cement forming their foundation and insulation, making them another issue that is included in any asbestos management document.

It may surprise you to learn that even the toilet cistern and the toilet seat can potentially house asbestos in a building. Fire door AIB panels often have asbestos in them, as do AIB partition walls, so it is important to make sure that these potentially lifesaving installations do not cause health issues down the road, by replacing them if they start to age or deteriorate prematurely.

Environmental Concerns Surrounding Asbestos & Asbestos Removal

Due to the large number of asbestos awareness campaigns that have run over the years, most people are now conversant with at least some of the various health risks that asbestos can cause. For this reason, most people are quick to call a company that is trained in asbestos management if they think they have an issue with their homes. However, while health is a large factor in asbestos removal, the environment should be another important concern.
Not all companies are the same when it comes to proper removal and destruction of asbestos, and you want to make sure that you work with one that is considerate of the environment. We take asbestos surveys very seriously at Artisan Surveyors, because we are aware of the many different risks that come into play when dealing with this substance. Here are just a few which you may not have thought about.
Asbestos is considered a carcinogen, or cancer causing element, for any person (or any animal) that breathes in fibres that may be present the air. Therefore, it must be carefully removed in order to protect everyone, from humans to their pets, that encounters it. During removal, asbestos must be carefully placed into sealed bags and labelled clearly. It also has to be disposed of at landfills that are equipped to handle asbestos, to prevent it from entering and contaminating soil, water, and the air.
For this reason, instead of handling asbestos on your own, it is always best to hire a professional service like Artisan Surveyors. We are aware of all of the health and environmental risks associated with asbestos removal; talk to us today if you require further information.

The Tricky Places Asbestos May Be Hiding in the Workplace

Many people think that asbestos is only present in roofing, and therefore if they know what the roofing or insulation materials in non-domestic premises are, feel confident that they are asbestos free.

However, this is far from the truth, because asbestos can be hiding in many other locations. In fact, asbestos surveys at non-domestic premises can easily find asbestos in dozens of other locations. This is due to the fact that there can be insulation in many surprising places inside the structure of the workplace.

Asbestos survey reports from Artisan Surveyors will easily identify the hidden spots where asbestos may be hiding in your workplace. In case you have any doubts about the worth of a survey, here are some of the places where it may be concealed.

First of all, asbestos can be found on sprayed coatings, which can include ceilings, but also columns and beams. Any loose fill insulation may have asbestos, as well as lagging that is found around pipes and boilers in a building. Some water tanks have asbestos cement forming their foundation and insulation, making them another issue that is included in any asbestos management document.

It may surprise you to learn that even the toilet cistern and the toilet seat can potentially house asbestos in a building. Fire door AIB panels often have asbestos in them, as do AIB partition walls, so it is important to make sure that these potentially lifesaving installations do not cause health issues down the road, by replacing them if they start to age or deteriorate prematurely.

Raising Awareness about the Risks of Asbestos

Although there was originally a lot of press about the risk of asbestos exposure during the seventies and eighties, when it was first discovered that asbestos was linked to many lung diseases, today many people do not often think about it. Sadly, the same people who may not think about asbestos may have the materials lurking in their homes. This is especially true if they live in older homes that have never completed an asbestos survey.

If your home is in a neighbourhood with older homes where asbestos has been found, then it is important that you too consider hiring someone properly trained in asbestos survey techniques to come out and take a look. Asbestos awareness is very important to this day; even if you are not tearing down an attic or area of insulation now, in the future you may decide to, and asbestos is not something you want to uncover accidentally .

By being properly informed beforehand about the presence of asbestos in a home, you can then have it removed by a team of professionals from Artisan Surveyors. We are huge advocates of asbestos removal awareness, because we know the many health threats it can pose to family, and even pets, within a home.

Some of the risks of asbestos exposure include lung cancer, mesothelioma, and COPD. There are many more, and in most cases, once these conditions develop they are not curable. Therefore, make the right decision and instead of guessing, make sure your home is asbestos free once and for all. Call Artisan Surveyors today for more information.

Environmental Concerns Surrounding Asbestos & Asbestos Removal

Due to the large number of asbestos awareness campaigns that have run over the years, most people are now conversant with at least some of the various health risks that asbestos can cause. For this reason, most people are quick to call a company that is trained in asbestos management if they think they have an issue with their homes. However, while health is a large factor in asbestos removal, the environment should be another important concern.

Not all companies are the same when it comes to proper removal and destruction of asbestos, and you want to make sure that you work with one that is considerate of the environment. We take asbestos surveys very seriously at Artisan Surveyors, because we are aware of the many different risks that come into play when dealing with this substance. Here are just a few which you may not have thought about.

Asbestos is considered a carcinogen, or cancer causing element, for any person (or any animal) that breathes in fibres that may be present the air. Therefore, it must be carefully removed in order to protect everyone, from humans to their pets, that encounters it. During removal, asbestos must be carefully placed into sealed bags and labelled clearly. It also has to be disposed of at landfills that are equipped to handle asbestos, to prevent it from entering and contaminating soil, water, and the air.

For this reason, instead of handling asbestos on your own, it is always best to hire a professional service like Artisan Surveyors. We are aware of all of the health and environmental risks associated with asbestos removal; talk to us today if you require further information.