The RJS Asbestos Survey Team have more than 10 years asbestos surveying experience across Oxfordshire
Oxford has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and as a city from the 16th century. In the early 20th century there was fast industrial growth across the county, particularly in printing and publishing but also in thriving car and steel plants to the south east.
Many of these old industrial businesses no longer exist but they leave an asbestos legacy in the many buildings which still remain in use today. When these factories and workshops were built asbestos was a cheap to produce and had fire resistant properties. This useful product found its way into many building materials such as insulating board and lagging, cement sheets for roofing, flooring, textured coatings, and many others.
Asbestos can be found in any building that was built or refurbished prior to 1999, which is the date when its use was fully banned. Even now it is not know exactly how much remains in Commercial and residential properties, schools and colleges also made use of these cheap, fire-resistant and strong materials.
More information abourt the different manifestations of Asbestos and it’s uses can found on the Health & Safety Executives Hidden Killer Campaign web site.
What does that mean for Oxford residents and businesses?
Because Oxford has an industrial history and a broad range of building types it is very likely that a significant number of them still contain asbestos contaminated materials.
The health risks associated with Asbestos cannot be ignored. It has been estimated that at least 3500 people die from asbestos-related illnesses each year in the UK. This number is rising annually and is expected to reach at least 5000 in the future. Asbestos-related illness is the single greatest cause of workplace death in the UK.
To protect people living and working in potentially asbestos contaminated buildings is therefore essential important that an asbestos survey is conducted to identify asbestos contamination within the structure before commencing any work that might disturb materials that could contain asbestos, whether that is major refurbishments, demolitions or simply everyday maintenance.
If you are planning to carry out work which may disturb the fabric of any building which may predate the introduction of the ban on asbestos or if you have health and safety responsibilities for people working in premises which may contain asbestos why not contact RJS for a free quotation to conduct an Asbestos Management or Refurbishment/Demolition Survey.