Asbestos Testing Blackpool, UK
What happens after the asbestos survey?
The main purpose of asbestos testing is to identify the level of potential hazard in properties. Of course, different steps have to be taken according to the type of property and the ownership plus the usage of it.
When the survey and sampling finished, all the bits land on the testing table where asbestos-containing materials being analysed following the guidance of in one of the UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) laboratory.
The asbestos test results usually done in 24-48 hours, depends on the number of sampling we collected. Testing and especially sampling asbestos need to be done by a licenced expert with experience. Asbestos can airborne with even the smallest disturbance. Even though asbestos seems innocuous it is absolutely not. Avoid inhaling the silent killer, don't put yourself and others in danger. Once these small fibres in the air and they are there for a pretty long time (48-72hours) unless the air isn't cleared up. Call us for a free consultation on the number followed.
3 main type of asbestos
Three types three colours. Easy peasy.
These three asbestos forms were widely used in construction work and property building activities.
When you see asbestos in its natural form identification is pretty obvious once you have some knowledge about them.
Amosite - (Brown Asbestos - amphibole family) was the most common fibrous textured mineral mined in Africa. Despite of its fire - chemical - biologic resistance it is the strongest amongst all. They mainly used it in cement sheet, electrical, roofing and plumbing insulation. Factories made AIB (asbestos insulation board) for house lining. In the '60s it was the best cushioning elements you could find. Easy to manufacture and cheap. That's all mattered at that time.
People didn't know the long term effect on health. Undoubtedly, amosite is the deadliest type of asbestos from the amphibole mineral family. Once it's inhaled it stays there and during the breathing the little fibres scarring with its insanely barbed part. This non-stopping action creates inflammation and eventually lead to a different type of fatal lung diseases.
Amosite has the most toxic effect that causes cancer.
Crocidolite - (Blue Asbestos - amphibole family) This particular bluish mineral has a really thin if not the thinnest fibres that made it the best use of spray-on coating solutions where asbestos heat insulation qualities really shine. That why they frequently used on the surface coating of huge steam engines to keep the heat inside the engines so that the torque reaches its maximum impact.
Blue asbestos was also used in pipe insulations, plastic and cement products. This type of fibrous mineral can be air born the easiest. Once you inhale crocidolite and it reaches the alveoli and the fibres stick to the surface for most likely a lifetime. It irritates not just the alveoli but another part of the lung and drives the person to serious lung disease like fibrosis and other sorts of cancer types. Luckily it was used less often than white asbestos which is the least dangerous.
Chrysotile - (White Asbestos - serpentine) Before asbestos was banned in the UK 1999 august this was the most commonly used asbestos. Why? A less harmful and excellent way to use for sound & voice insulation apart of its other qualities like thermal, electrical insulation. This type of asbestos is a part of the fibrous silicate mineral subgroup of serpentine. All the other asbestos types are in the amphibole subgroup and those textures sharp and linear with no curve shapes at all.
White asbestos is much more flexible and gives a feeling of its silky texture thanks for the structure of it. It has a curly ending shape and it is water-soluble. The hardness is closest to the human's fingernails.
The most thing that might scare you is textile factories used to use chrysolite to spun into clothes and other material because of its thermal isolation effect.
Other Asbestos types
Sounds weird right?
The following asbestos types you can read about were not used as main elements of any asbestos containing material.
They were mostly found as additives in a small percentage of ACM's.
Tremolite - (amphibole family)
When it comes to testing ACM's in UKAS laboratorium tremolite mostly found alongside with chrysotile but just a very small amount.
Most common objects where tremolite remains are sealants, insulation products and paints.
The scariest thing especially for babies, tremolite very often contaminates naturally with talc. Talk is used in baby powder products and many makeup brands too.
Actinolite - (amphibole family)
A strong, dense but lightweight and it appears in different shape and form. Mostly use as fireproof insulation on fireplaces and open-air ovens. The reason behind it is one of the best structural fireproofing agents because it increases the size as the temperature gets higher so that its insulation quality is exceptionally great. Actinolite has been used in paints and drywall too.
Anthophyllite - (amphibole family)
Similarly, anthophyllite can be contaminated with talc just like tremolite.
Many times vermiculite is polluted by anthophyllite, depends where the vermiculite is coming from. This is the least dangerous asbestos amongst all.
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What was asbestos used for?
Asbestos is not a new thing. Even in the ancient time, this fibrous woolly textured mineral was widely used in Egypt, Greece, Finland.
People discovered the upside of asbestos. Their experimentation leads to use in clothing, mixed with clay pots.
Imagine from that time until August 1999 when asbestos was banned in the United Kingdom, how many application had been used for.
I bet you don't even think about the following consumer products like some cigarette filters in the '50s, ashtray coasters, fake snow decoration, cosmetics, a baby powder that contains talcum powder. They widely used in insulation lining in any type of home appliances like toaster, hairdryer, wicking for gas ranges and so on.
The most common jobs when asbestos used for:
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List of ACM's - asbestos containing materials
AIB - Asbestos Insulating Board - Asbestolux (trade name).
Cement-based items on construction.
Coating Spray & Insulation
Paint and Wall Decorations
Other Blended products - Plastic, PVC, Ceramic, Clothing, Paper