The widespread use of asbestos materials in previous decades has left us with a ticking time bomb. Many residential, commercial, and industrial buildings still contain a lot of asbestos and this can pose a serious health risk if it is exposed or in poor condition. Indeed, there are many people who are unaware of the presence of asbestos in their premises and are at risk of handling it without any knowledge of the dangers to their health and the health of others.
Why Asbestos Is So Dangerous
In days gone by, asbestos was a very popular and inexpensive material that was used widely in building and construction. Its heat-resistant properties meant that it could often be used as cladding especially. But it was also mixed in with concrete to form a type of durable, cheap material that was used extensively in many buildings.
Unfortunately, the asbestos fibres are very small and razor sharp. When they are inhaled over a period of time, they will become lodged in the delicate tissue of the lungs and cause damage. This can lead to terminal diseases such as asbestosis.
If you have asbestos in your premises, it’s important to understand what type of asbestos it is and in what condition it is. Asbestos materials that are in poor condition can release the tiny dangerous fibres into the local environment and become airborne. This is when it can become dangerous.
How to Deal with Asbestos
Even though it is thankfully not used any more, asbestos still poses a great risk. The good news is that there are a number of asbestos survey jobs available if you’re interested in helping those in need. But what exactly is an asbestos survey?
In the most basic terms, an asbestos survey must be carried out where there is the presence of asbestos containing materials in a premises. Professional surveyors will offer the following services:
- Location: It’s important to know exactly where any asbestos containing materials are in the building. A professional asbestos surveyor will be able to quickly identify the location of asbestos-containing materials and will record where they are.
- Type of Asbestos: There are different types of asbestos, such as white and blue. There are also different kinds of asbestos-containing materials, such as asbestos concrete. A surveyor will be able to accurately identify all of the different types of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials on
- Condition: The physical condition of the asbestos containing materials is a key indicator as to how dangerous it is. Asbestos material that is in friable or poor physical condition poses significant risk when humans and animals are exposed to it.
Once a surveyor has completed all of these tasks, a report is made and everything is stored in a register. This information will help the site owner manage the premises until such time as he or she can deal with the asbestos. Given just how much asbestos remains in our towns and cities, the role of the surveyor is vital to management of the risks.