Understanding the various forms of asbestos

We all know that asbestos is highly-dangerous material that can be present inside your home or commercial property if constructed before 2000. However, when it comes to the various forms of asbestos, people may be confused about which/what type they are dealing with.

At Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions, we decided to break down the various forms of asbestos widely used in construction and manufacturing because of their heat-resistance, strength and insulating properties. Identifying the types through professional asbestos testing is crucial for proper asbestos compliance and asbestos removal Manchester.

The main thing to remember is how easy the asbestos fibres can be released from the material. Softer material (insulation, boarding) has the potential to release asbestos fibre more easily than products that have the asbestos fibre bound in the matrix of the product (cement, floor tiles etc.).

Chrysotile (white asbestos)

White asbestos is long, flexible, and curly fibres widely used in roofing materials, ceilings, walls, and floors. It is commonly known as a non-licensed asbestos material but it has also been used in higher risk products such as pipe insulation.

While they are less hazardous than amphibole asbestos, they still possess considerable health risks. Professional handling by a competent asbestos removal company is required using professional PPE and established procedures to minimise any fibre release. Removal requires employment of an insured, competent and trained asbestos removal Stockport contractor using correct methods of dust suppression. The material is carefully bagged and labelled for disposal at a registered waste transfer station.

Amosite (brown asbestos)

Brown asbestos is straight, needle-like fibres commonly found in insulation boards and pipe insulation.  It can be mixed with all other asbestos types to form the various building products.

Amosite is more hazardous than chrysotile and can lead to lung cancers and other diseases. Due to the increased risk to health, there are strict safety measures associated with the handling and removal of amosite-containing products. Certified professionals would wear high-level PPE, including full-face respirators & coveralls, and fully isolate the area to prevent the spread of fibres (asbestos removal enclosures). Any material containing amosite has to be carefully removed with wet methods and specialised tools, sealing all waste in correctly labelled bags and utilising decontamination procedures for all workers involved with its disturbance.

Crocidolite (blue asbestos)

Blue asbestos is blue-grey, straight, and brittle in appearance and was historically used in insulation materials, sprayed coatings, yarn and rope lagging. It is highly dangerous, with inhalation causing lung disease and mesothelioma.

Being highly dangerous, extreme precautions are essential during any handling, similar to those for brown asbestos. Removal of blue asbestos requires the highest level of care, employing dust suppressions techniques to reduce fibre levels. Only specialized equipment must be used to prevent any breakage, and the strictest decontamination procedures must be followed.

There are also less common asbestos forms that pose a significant danger, such as tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. To be sure of your asbestos risk, contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions to conduct asbestos surveying on your property to know which asbestos types you may have present.

What our clients have to say…

“Jim provided a fantastic service. Friendly, quick, non-disruptive work. Good turnaround on receiving the sample report too”

“Asbestos survey – Jim did a very thorough job. Kept us updated right through the visit with an initial view, and then supplied an in depth report after. Very pleasant person to deal with. Overall, very pleased with the service.”

“Really friendly professional service with very quick response time. The work was carried out to a high standard, at a very good price, within two days of enquiry. I would definitely recommend this company.”

“Jordan and Jim did an excellent job of demolishing our garage, including the safe removal of the asbestos roof. Their work was tidy and controlled, with no impact on any surrounding hedges, plants, etc.

All in all they ticked every box.”

“Jim and his team were very professional, courteous and helpful throughout the whole process. They worked very hard to meet our tight timelines and did a great job. I would highly recommend Grosvenor Asbestos to anyone requiring asbestos services.”

“Had a survey done. All work and results back before a new week. Very prompt, efficient and quick service. Absolutely recommend this company.”

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