Experienced Team Providing Asbestos Surveys in Oxfordshire.
The RJS Waste Management team has over 10 years of experience supplying Oxfordshire asbestos surveys. Are you an industrial property manager or homeowner in Oxford City or one of the surrounding villages? Whether you’re based in Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Burford, Wantage or Witney, we’re here to provide peace of mind with our professional asbestos testing services.
A Great start for Oxford
Founded by Alfred the Great, Oxford has been a settlement since the 8th century. The county of Oxfordshire was then formed early in the 10th century. Next, the University of Oxford was founded (1096) with its collegiate structure developing later.
Surrounded by agricultural land, the area was part of the Cotswolds wool trade from the 13th century. Its location — on the River Thames and 60-70 miles from major ports in Bristol, Southampton and London — held considerable potential for industrial growth. This took place across the county in the early 20th century.
With the Morris Motors plant opening in 1912 and the Pressed Steel Company following in 1933, Oxford became a focus for motor manufacturing. The printing and publishing industries thrived alongside Oxfordshire’s car and steel plants to the southeast.
Where is asbestos found in old homes and industrial properties?
Although very few of Oxfordshire’s old industrial businesses remain operational, they not only form part of the area’s history but leave an asbestos legacy. Dangerous asbestos fibres are found in many of the original buildings that are still in use today.
When these factories and workshops were built, asbestos building materials were an attractive choice. Not only were they cheap to produce but they were strong and fire-resistant. This useful but deadly product found its way into many building materials such as:
Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) — for ceiling tiles, partition walls and panels in fire doors
Asbestos lagging — on boilers and pipes
Asbestos cement sheets for roofing
Asbestos floor tiles
Asbestos loose-fill insulation
Asbestos seals and gaskets
Asbestos sprayed/textured coatings — for ceilings and walls
Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be found in any UK building that was built or refurbished before 2000, as its use was fully banned in 1999. It’s not known exactly how much asbestos remains present in industrial, commercial and residential properties or our educational buildings and healthcare facilities.
What does this mean for the people of Oxfordshire?
Because Oxfordshire has an industrial history, and a broad range of building types, it’s likely that a significant number of them still contain ACMs. This is where asbestos surveys in Oxfordshire become so important to maintain health and safety.
We need to protect people living or working in buildings that could be contaminated with asbestos. It’s essential an asbestos survey is carried out to identify asbestos within a structure before any work, which might disturb building materials, starts. These works include everything from everyday maintenance to major renovations.
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