Asbestos Removal Stoke on Trent
When disturbed or damaged, asbestos released dangerous fibres. Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause two types of cancer: mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. Additionally, asbestos is, a scarring of the lungs, is also a potential consequence of exposure.
Around 3,500 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases. A latency period of between 10 and 60 years from exposure often leads to complacency among homeowners and construction workers.
The first documented death relating to asbestos happened in 1906, but regulations to control exposure were only introduced in 1969. Knowledge of potential dangers didn’t spread until the 1970s, and after various stages of reform, asbestos was banned in 1999.
Following the asbestos ban, local governments, businesses and contractors faced pressure to remove the product, limiting the risk of exposure for people using public buildings and communal spaces. Likewise, private landlords and homeowners undertook increased asbestos sampling, seeking to comply with changing regulations.
The asbestos removal industry can therefore be seen as a force for public good. The asbestos removal process can seem complicated, but companies such as Greenfield Removals are committed to excellence in this regard. We maintain a full asbestos removal license, audited by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which speaks to our expertise in all areas of asbestos abatement.
Stoke on Trent Asbestos Removal
There are two types of asbestos removal: licensed asbestos removal and non-licensed asbestos removal. Licensed asbestos removal encompasses higher risk materials in larger quantities, while non-licensed asbestos removal must adhere to a very specific set of circumstances.
Nevertheless, professional guidance should always be sought prior to working with, near or on asbestos-containing materials. Removing asbestos, regardless of its extent and condition, can be incredibly dangerous. Similarly, disposing of asbestos requires a nuanced understanding of the rulebook.