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Asbestos Removal

In an industry very much involved in safety and the handling of hazardous material it is not surprising that Solent Environmental strive for professional excellence. Simply stated it means doing things the right way. No stinting. No half measures. This is why for probity, professionalism and assurance to clients the list of Solent Environmental accreditations is extensive and growing. Click here for more information.

Open for business

Despite these unprecedented times Solent Environmental are very much open for business as we continue to work in a number of key sectors including defence and highways. If your building is currently unoccupied and you either in need an asbestos survey or have already identified any asbestos now is an ideal time for removal please get in touch and we can discuss a bespoke solution for your individual needs.

Solent Environmental have achieved a new 3 year HSE Asbestos Removal License - using the new online application process Solent have recently received from the HSE a new 3 year license to remove asbestos products. This is a great achievement by the team and is a result of all the hard work and effort put in by everyone over the previous two years.

Furthering commitment to both its client base and workforce, Solent Environmental has upgraded its Constructionline membership to Gold. This is a further demonstration of the company's continued assurance to maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees.

What You Need To Do Before Working on a Structure

Was the structure built or altered before 2000? If so and

  • You are carrying out a refurbishment or demolition ask for the pre-demolition/refurbishment Asbestos Survey as required under HSG 264.
  • You are carrying out maintenance or emergency work ask for a copy of the Asbestos Management plan for the building, which will detail where asbestos and suspected asbestos material are located.
  • If the above are not available then your client is in breech of the 2012 Asbestos Regulations and if you proceed on the project you will also be in breech and will be putting your employees at risk of exposure to a potentially lethal disease. Add in the distinct possibility of a HSE fine and the bad publicity attached, the risk for non-compliance is simply not worth it, in either human or financial terms.

Asbestos Kills

The three main types of asbestos minerals that occur naturally within the Earth's environment. The three most common types are:

  • Chrysotile : Chrysotile is one of the most common and most dangerous forms of asbestos found within our Earth. This type of asbestos accounts for approximately 90 percent of commercially-used asbestos in the world. Chrysotile asbestos fibres are long, white, and curly.
  • Amosite : Amosite asbestos is recognized by its straight fibres and brown colour . Amosite asbestos contains iron and magnesium, and was most used within different types of insulation products.
  • Crocidolite : Crocidolite takes the form of blue, straight fibres. It is a sodium iron magnesium silicate, and is considered to be the most dangerous type of asbestos due to its physical properties.

Exposure Risk

Asbestos diseases follow a "dose-response" relationship curve. This means that the more asbestos you inhale (dose), the greater your risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.

Generally, your risk of getting sick increases with each dose. For example, if a person worked around asbestos for 5 years and someone else worked in the same job for 15 years and had an equal concentration of exposure, the person with 15 years of asbestos exposure has higher cumulative dose and therefore higher risk. However, either, neither or both may become ill from that exposure depending on a given person's own susceptibility to asbestos.

Cigarette smoking is one factor that increases susceptibility to asbestos disease.

Latency Period for Asbestos Diseases

If you do develop an asbestos-related disease, you will probably not show any symptoms until many years after you have been first exposed. The time from first exposure to the discovery of illness (symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain and chronic fatigue) is called the latency period.

The shortest latency period for asbestosis is 5 to 10 years, although often it takes 40 or more years from first exposure before the disease is diagnosed.

There is no maximum latency or time when the risk of developing asbestos related disease disappears because the asbestos fibres that can cause disease remain trapped in the lungs for life. Also, there is no "safe" level of exposure to asbestos; even minimal levels may cause asbestos disease.

The Harsh Facts

Deaths from mesothelioma (Mesothelioma register 2013): 2538

Deaths from asbestosis without mention of mesothelioma (Asbestosis register 2013): 477

  • Research suggests there are probably about as many asbestos-related lung cancer deaths each year as there are mesothelioma deaths.
  • This implies there are currently in excess of 2,000 lung cancer deaths each year in Great Britain that can be attributed to past asbestos-exposure.
  • This currently results in just over 5,000 asbestos related deaths per year


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