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Watford Asbestos Surveyors

We offer a comprehensive range of asbestos services in the Watford area, delivering quality, accredited, secure, and cost-effective solutions. Our team of certified asbestos experts is well-equipped to handle both large and small projects with their extensive qualifications, experience, and accreditation.

Our Watford Asbestos Services

1. Watford Asbestos Surveys: We provide a variety of asbestos surveys compliant with HSG-264 and fully certified by UKAS ISO-17020. Our surveys are thorough, accurate, and crucial for your safety.

2. Watford Asbestos Testing and Sampling: Our certified asbestos surveyors can safely collect samples to determine asbestos presence within your property, ensuring accurate identification.

3. Asbestos Removal in Watford: Professional asbestos removal experts can safely remove, handle, and dispose of all types of asbestos materials. We also offer inspections for locations owned by third parties during asbestos removal projects.

4. Watford Asbestos in Soils: We assist in locating, managing, and eliminating asbestos hazards in contaminated land and soil, ensuring a safer environment.

We take pride in offering reliable, efficient, and high-quality asbestos surveys in Watford. Our expertise covers management, refurbishment, and demolition asbestos inspections. If you suspect asbestos in your property, it's crucial to conduct a survey promptly. Our asbestos surveys will identify any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), and we can provide expert guidance through an efficient asbestos management report.

Asbestos Regulations The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR) was enacted to minimise future asbestos exposure risks by managing asbestos presence in residential and commercial buildings. This legislation imposes a legal duty on duty holders to manage asbestos properly. We adhere to industry standards, replacing MDHS 100 with HSG 264 in February 2010. All our affiliated laboratories are UKAS-accredited, in line with ISO/IEC 17025 international standards.

Common Asbestos Types Asbestos can exist in three primary forms: crocidolite, amosite, and chrysotile. The level of risk associated with asbestos materials varies depending on the type and asbestos content. Identifying the type of asbestos in your property is crucial, as it informs the appropriate course of action.

Types of Asbestos Surveys

1. Management Surveys: Our daily practice includes management surveys aimed at identifying questionable ACMs within the building. This survey assesses materials that may be damaged or disturbed during regular occupancy, including future repairs and installations.

2. Re-inspection Surveys: If you've previously had asbestos surveys, you'll require a Material Hazard Assessment to determine the potential danger posed by ACMs. Regular monitoring is essential to evaluate the condition of ACMs and ensure they are not damaged or deteriorated.

3. Renovation and Demolition Surveys: Before any renovation or demolition work, you must conduct a refurbishment and demolition survey to identify and describe ACMs within the affected area or the entire structure, as far as practicable. This survey is invasive and may involve destructive inspection.

For larger buildings with over 25 employees, the HSE recommends professional asbestos management surveys. This survey provides a comprehensive report on ACM location, type, and condition, enabling duty holders to create their management plans or engage asbestos surveying companies for assistance.

Once you've completed an asbestos register or management survey, you'll need to draft an asbestos management plan, an integral part of the asbestos register.

For further reference or to see an example of a completed management plan, please visit the HSE website.

Informing Others About Asbestos As a duty holder, you must inform all employees, maintenance staff, and relevant parties about asbestos presence in the building. Proper labelling and notification are essential to prevent damage or disturbance to asbestos-containing materials.

Construction and installation contractors, engineers, surveyors, and anyone working on the building's structure must be acquainted with the asbestos risk register and management plan before commencing work.

Hiring Licensed Contractors, It is crucial never to attempt asbestos removal or repair yourself. Only properly trained and equipped contractors should undertake such tasks. If you haven't conducted professional asbestos tests or a full management survey to confirm asbestos presence, all materials should be presumed to contain asbestos, and appropriate safety precautions must be taken.

HSE licensed asbestos contractors may be required for high-risk asbestos types or extensive repair work. For lower-risk materials and smaller tasks, ensure you hire contractors trained to handle asbestos safely.

Protecting your property and occupants from asbestos hazards is a legal responsibility. Contact our office to arrange asbestos testing or surveys and ensure compliance with safety regulations. Don't wait until it's too late!

Mum Exposed To Asbestos Is Paid £14K In Compensation By Watford Community Housing

A mother of three received £14,000 in compensation from a housing authority after her family was exposed to asbestos, a material known to cause cancer and lung diseases, in their residence. The Watford-based mother found herself compelled to sleep in the living room to avoid the asbestos present in her bedroom.

The hazardous substance became an issue when Watford Community Housing (WCH), the property's owner, left unfinished work that compromised the safety of her four-bedroom house. Despite her repeated complaints to WCH starting in 2016, the situation remained unresolved, leading her to seek legal assistance in November 2020. This legal intervention resulted in her receiving compensation and a formal apology from the housing association.

After enduring years of concern for her and her children's health, her legal representatives were able to secure compensation and guarantee that all necessary repairs met legal safety standards. To address the safety concerns in her home, her lawyers from High Street Solicitors conducted a thorough property inspection.

This inspection uncovered that her bedroom ceiling was in a deteriorated state, with visible asbestos resulting from a leak in the wet room above. A temporary fix involved attaching a plywood piece to the damaged area of the ceiling, while gaffer tape was used to cover other emerging cracks.

Additionally, in August 2020, a burst pipe in the hallway led to further asbestos exposure, with water damage affecting the hallway walls and causing the wallpaper to peel.

Address: 59 Clarendon Rd, Watford, WD17 1LA
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed
Website: www.wcht.org.uk
Phone: 0800 218 2247

The Asbestos Surveyors You Can Trust To Get The Job Done Right!

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Our Asbestos Services Available For All Domestic and Commercial Clients

In Watford and the surrounding area, we provide expert asbestos services for all our clients, who use our services time after time.

The Process of Asbestos Collection

Asbestos is a hazardous material, and it is of utmost importance to have a thorough understanding of the correct protocols for managing asbestos after its removal. Nevertheless, it's essential to clarify that these guidelines do not pertain to asbestos waste produced as a result of a tradesperson's work. In certain situations, specific legal obligations may compel the trades company to assume responsibility for the proper disposal of this dangerous substance.