Since 1958, Jennings has provided demolition services and pre-construction advice to landowners and developers alike. We have worked with a lot of asbestos in that time and have several methods of asbestos identification as a result.
The law states that if asbestos is suspected in a building or structure, an asbestos risk assessment must be carried out. Part of this involves identifying the asbestos, so that a plan of action can be created to safely remove and dispose of it.
Whether you are undergoing demolition with ourselves now or with a separate contractor, we are happy to work with you to identify asbestos.
There are three main ways to identify asbestos on-site. The first is by checking the date on the material label if there is one. Some asbestoses have a manufacturer and product name on a label. This is most common with asbestos insulation and asbestos sheets.
The second way is by checking the joints. Asbestos sheets were widely used in construction from the 1940s to the 1980s. The joints can reveal colours that will help us identify the type of asbestos without putting it under a microscope.
If asbestos cannot be visually identified, then it can certainly be identified under a microscope. As part of our asbestos identification service, we will arrange this for you and relay the results with a comprehensive asbestos report.
Please note – if you believe your building contains asbestos, do not try and identify the asbestos yourself. Asbestos fibres are hazardous and are known to cause cancer. The safest option is to call an expert like Jennings for advice.