This page will allow you to gain a sound understanding of what asbestos is and the safety precautions V.S.F take dealing with this substance. This will include information such as the history of asbestos and how it became a material used frequently worldwide, how it was discovered to be dangerous and why it carries such a high risk to our health. The different types of asbestos are defined and the characteristics each type are identified. V.S.F are only allowed to deal with certain types of asbestos and therefore the justification of why we only deal with certain types will be clarified and the safety precautions that are taken up by our staff in order to carry out the work in a safe and professional way.
Asbestos is a natural mineral originally found in rocks. It began to become a very popular material in the construction industry due to its characteristics; being both weather proof and flexible. However over time people who came into contact with this material on a regular basis began to share a common implication; this being chest problems, however nobody could identify this was happening due to it being both odourless and invisible to the human eye. Later it was found this was a result of the tiny asbestos fibres piercing the lungs when inhaled. Since then research has been conducted and researchers proved that these fibres piercing the lungs can lead to Mesothelioma , Lung Cancer, Asbestosis and scarring of the lungs. Following this discovery the Health and Safety Executive began investigations regarding it’s uses and over time the use of all types of asbestos has been banned following 2010, however it is still said that they are more asbestos related deaths per year than car accidents in the UK.
As the Health and Safety Executive researched further into the issue of asbestos they categorized the different types of asbestos, in total there are 3 types; blue (Crocidolite), brown (Amosite) and white (Chrysotile). Other than their colour there is a couple of differences in the fibres that differentiate them from each other. Firstly blue asbestos, this was most commonly used for insulation due to it’s brittleness and small and sharp fibres, which made the asbestos easy to inhale and pierce the lungs. Brown asbestos was very strong and heat resistant, making it a useful material for insulation boards due to it’s rigidness. Finally the most common type of asbestos, accounting for more than 90% of asbestos worldwide, white asbestos. This type of asbestos being so popular in the industry due to it being both strong and flexible, making it very popular to be used for roofing sheets.
Within these types of asbestos they can be sub categorized into two different categories; friable and non-friable. Friable means that the asbestos will release it's harmful fibres into the air when disturbed, making it more dangerous than non-friable asbestos. Non-friable asbestos doesn't release it's fibres when disturbed to a certain extent, by no means does this mean non-friable asbestos is safe as it is still fragile and can release the fibres much more easier than you would expect, due to the fibres being invisible to the human eye.
Here at V.S.F we specialise in non-licensed asbestos removal. This means that the work is carried out in the short term (1 day in V.S.F’s case) and the asbestos we deal with is non-friable, meaning that the asbestos will not as many of the harmful fibres upon being handled by our staff. However, we are not permitted to carry out licensed work at V.S.F, licensed work results in handling with friable asbestos that will release the deadly fibres when disturbed in any way. This work is seen a lot more dangerous, however is uncommon on individuals' property since the use of asbestos was banned. If you have any queries regarding whether we can help you with your asbestos issues please don't hesitate to get in touch and let us answer your questions!
Now V.S.F are attempting to reduce the amounts of this potentially deadly substance from our communities. One of the most common places where white asbestos (chrysotile) is present is in "Asbestos Cement Fibre Roof Sheets", this material is a mix of cement and chrysotile for the purpose to make it weatherproof. These roofing sheets were very popular for garage roofs, and even in todays day and age we still see this type of roofing every day, as some people aren't aware whether they have asbestos on their property and the potential dangers it carries. Therefore our purpose is to remove asbestos from garage roofing and replace it with a high quality galvanised steel roof. We ensure that the asbestos is disposed of correctly and to the highest standard possible in the industry, to ensure the minimise the risk for the consumers environment and our fully trained and certified staff, with the latest asbestos awareness.
We take extra precautions here at V.S.F that makes the process of the asbestos removal as safe as possible. Our staff are equipped with the highest quality of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE), this protects them throughout the removal process. The techniques our staff use also reduce the risks carried when the removal is in progress. Dampening the Asbestos Roof Sheets encourages the sheets to stay intact, if the sheet breaks it could release fibres into the air which could potentially be harmful to the public. When the sheets are removed from the garage they sealed in asbestos bags to ensured they are fully quarantined until they are disposed of accordingly along with our staffs safety equipment being fully decontaminated for their safety.