Wiltshire’s only UKAS accredited Asbestos Surveying Company

Specialising in Asbestos Removals & Environmental Services

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ABOUT US

Swindon Asbestos Surveying Ltd are an established family business with extensive knowledge of working with asbestos and recommended throughout Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Bristol and Avon and Somerset.

We are the only UKAS accredited asbestos surveyors in Wiltshire (UKAS Accreditation Number 4608).

We are also highly experienced in asbestos removals, asbestos disposal, testing of material for the content of asbestos, asbestos bespoke awareness training, contaminated land clearance, fly tipping clearance, soft strips for demolitions, guano removal (bird excrement).

SERVICES WE OFFER

WHERE TO FIND ASBESTOS AT HOME

Inside

A. Asbestos cement Water tank

B. Pipe lagging

C. Loose fill insulation

D. Textured decorative coating eg artex

E. AIB ceiling tiles

F. AIB bath panel

G. Toilet seat and cistern

H. AIB behind fuse box

I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler

J. AIB partition wall

K. AIB interior window panel  

L. AIB around boiler

M. Vinyl floor tiles

N. AIB behind fire

Outside

O. Gutters andAsbestos cement downpipes

P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement

Q. AIB exterior window panel

R. Asbestos cement roof

S. Asbestos cement panels

T. Roofing felt

(AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board)

WHERE TO FIND ASBESTOS AT WORK

Inside

1. Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns

2. Asbestos cement water tank

3. Loose fill insulation

4. Lagging on boilers and pipes

5. AIB ceiling tiles

6. Toilet seat and cistern

7. AIB partition walls

8. AIB panels in fire doors

9. Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper

10. Vinyl floor tiles

11. AIB around boilers

12. Textiles eg fire blankets

13. Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings eg artex

 

Outside

14. Asbestos cement roof

15. Asbestos cement panels

16. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes

17. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement

18. Asbestos cement flue

(AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is asbestos?

Asbestos occurs naturally within rock formations in certain parts of the world. The masses of strong, flexible fibres can be separated and woven. There are three types of asbestos known as Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue). They are all harmful but blue and brown asbestos are recognised as the most hazardous. These two asbestos types have not been imported into this country since 1985 and are still present in buildings and equipment built before 1985. White asbestos was not banned until 1999 but again, still present in buildings and equipment made or built before 1999. It can be present beyond 1999 if we consider old stock containing Chrysotile asbestos in builders merchants making its way out to site beyond this date.

Why was it used?

Asbestos occurs naturally within rock formations in certain parts of the world. The masses of strong, flexible fibres can be separated and woven. There are three types of asbestos known as Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue). They are all harmful but blue and brown asbestos are recognised as the most hazardous. These two asbestos types have not been imported into this country since 1985 and are still present in buildings and equipment built before 1985. White asbestos was not banned until 1999 but again, still present in buildings and equipment made or built before 1999. It can be present beyond 1999 if we consider old stock containing Chrysotile asbestos in builders merchants making its way out to site beyond this date.

What are the health effects?

Asbestos dust and airborne asbestos fibres when inhaled can lodge themselves in the lungs and cannot be expelled from the lungs. The bodies defence system will then recognise the asbestos fibres as foreign bodies and will try to break them down and remove them from the lungs. As asbestos is very difficult to break down, even the bodies antibodies are unable to do this. The area under attack from the antibodies will then become inflamed and swell, causing problems for the person. The asbestos fibres can also be ingested and cause problems in the Peritoneum where asbestos fibres can be trapped in the outer layer causing thickening of the peritoneum and collection of fluid in the abdomen. This will cause visible swelling of the abdomen. All of the asbestos-related diseases have a long latency period, typically 15-60 years.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumour caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres.  Once the fibres are inhaled they can cause a lining to form around the lungs, heart and abdomen. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest or lower back pain, fevers or night sweats to mention a few.  Average life expectancy for Mesothelioma patients is 12-21 months from diagnosis. In the UK about 2500 people will be diagnosed with Mesothelioma. It is by far more common to be diagnosed with Mesothelioma of the chest although it can develop in other areas of the body such as the abdomen.

What are the risks of using a company that are not UKAS accredited?
  • Inexperienced staff – competence is built on qualifications, knowledge and experience
  • Insufficient resource leading to inadequate and incomplete work and possibility of incorrect inspection results being reported
  • A lack of impartiality
  • No comeback (no formal complaints procedure, no accountability to ukas)
  • Lack of due diligence/exposure to future claims
  • Use of inappropriate inspection equipment

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