ARDS Ltd are specialists in asbestos removal. Asbestos removal is a complex operation; ARDS Ltd are one of Scotland's leading approved asbestos removal companies.
ARDS Ltd owns and operates a comprehensive range of specialised equipment for use in Asbestos containment, Asbestos removal and Asbestos treatment. This enables the company to undertake projects of almost any size or level of complexity.
All work is carried out in accordance with CAR 2012 and the Approved Code of Practice (L143) as well as all additional, current, guidelines laid down by the Health and Safety Executive.
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals used in certain products, such as building materials and vehicle brakes, to resist heat and corrosion. Asbestos is a Class One carcinogen whose types include chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite asbestos, and any of these materials that have been chemically treated and/or altered.
The inhalation of asbestos fibres by workers can cause serious diseases of the lungs and other organs that may not appear until years after the exposure has occurred. For instance, asbestos can cause a build-up of scar-like tissue in the lungs and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death. Asbestos fibres associated with these health risks are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and smokers are at higher risk of developing some asbestos-related diseases
Given all the detail above, firstly don't panic.
Don't panic, asbestos is only dangerous when disturbed. If it is safely managed and contained it doesn't present a health hazard
Don't remove asbestos unnecessarily (even by experts). Removing it can be more dangerous than simply containing it
Don't treat all asbestos materials the same. You only need to use a licensed contractor to work on high risk materials, such as pipe insulation or asbestos insulating panels - not on asbestos cement which is much less dangerous
Don't assume you need to bring in a specialist in every case. The regulation allows you to inspect your own building and assume materials contain asbestos information is available on the web.
Don't forget that the regulation is all about protecting maintenance workers and others from asbestos fibres, so concentrate on practical steps to achieve this.