Many industrial and commercial buildings are at risk of containing materials with asbestos. If your business operates in a building that was built before the year 2000, there may be a chance that contaminated materials still exist.
From sprayed coatings on ceilings and walls, to pipe insulation, to certain floor tiles and textiles, there are several areas to be aware of as being potentially hazardous. Perhaps the most dangerous asbestos-containing material (ACM) is found in the loose asbestos fibres commonly used for roof insulation. Made from pure asbestos, these fibres can easily be released into the air and breathed in, making it one of the materials that pose the highest risk.
If your business recently moved into an unfamiliar older building, or you are planning a renovation to an existing building that was built before the 1990’s, then an evaluation of your site is highly recommended in order to reduce your exposure and risk for any asbestos contamination.
Before you begin any work in a building that may have asbestos-containing materials, you should start by contacting licensed professionals to inspect your premises and determine the risk of the materials, and if there is any need for safe handling or removal. It’s important to understand that you cannot see or smell asbestos fibres, so a thorough examination is recommended in any unfamiliar area, especially the areas you wish to disturb for renovation purposes. In many cases, if the asbestos material is in good condition, and it is not in danger of becoming damaged and subsequently a risk to the health of those in the building, then it is possible to simply contain it and leave it alone. If asbestos removal is needed, a licensed asbestos contractor is required to handle the situation.
In order to be sure of the condition of your building and your options, contact our professional consultants. At OHSS, we offer the most comprehensive evaluation and certified asbestos removal Ireland has to offer. With our expertise and experience, you can be sure that your building will be safe for every worker and every client.