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Cambridge based Kershaw Contracting Services are experts in the management and removal of asbestos. With 30 years asbestos management experience under their belt, they address some of the common queries relating to asbestos and its safe management.
Is my building likely to contain asbestos?
Asbestos was widely used as a construction material in healthcare premises, and could often be found in roofing, insulation, fire protection, flooring, gutters and pipes. It wasn’t until 1999 that the true dangers of asbestos were realised, and it was banned from use in the UK. Therefore, any building built prior to 2000 is likely to contain asbestos materials.
Is it dangerous?
When left untouched and undamaged asbestos is generally safe, significant health risks arise when the material the asbestos is contained within is cut, broken or allowed to deteriorate in some way. It is then that the harmful fibres can be released into the air, which could result in serious health problems. Consequently, it is important that surveys are regularly undertaken to ensure that nothing has changed regarding its condition.
What are my legal obligations?
If you own or are responsible for a commercial, non-domestic property, you are required by law to identify and safely manage and asbestos within your building.
Should I remove it or not?
If the identified asbestos is in good condition, and not at risk of being disturbed or damaged you may choose to leave it untouched. In some instances, you may prefer to get the asbestos encapsulated, Kershaw Contracting Services have a range of encapsulation options available they would happily discuss with you.
However, if it needs removing their HSE licenced asbestos removal service can undertake any remedial works required with the minimum amount of disruption. As holders of a 3 year HSE asbestos removal license, Kershaw Contracting Services can undertake a range of projects, removing all varieties of asbestos. They have worked across the community covering buildings from both the private and public sector including a large number of projects for NHS trusts and healthcare providers.
What are my next steps?
Even if you have had asbestos services in the past, as part of your management plan, you have a legal duty to regularly inspect any asbestos within your building. We can provide you with an annual inspection to ensure your building remains in a safe condition.
Our services are competitively priced and we are experts in dealing with asbestos. Contact us on by telephone or email.