Asbestos, in case you don’t already know, is bad news. That is, breathing it in is bad news. If you’re living in the United Kingdom, Asbestos Surveys by Assist Facilities Management may be just the thing you need to make sure you’re living in a safe environment.
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals exploited commercially for their desirable physical properties. While the inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, such illness is linked primarily with long exposure to a high concentration of asbestos. (Asbestos actually exists in the ambient air at low levels, which itself does not cause health problems.) It was a popular building material in the 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to heat, electrical and chemical damage. Since then, however, developed nations have banned its use in building because of its extreme negative effects on human health. (Learn more at Wikipedia by searching for “Asbestos”.)
In looking at the Assist Asbestos Surveys page, I didn’t actually learn too much about how a survey is performed. I can only assume that a certified inspector comes to your residence or place of work and thoroughly checks your building for asbestos. Maybe a phone call to the company will provide you with more information, but I didn’t go that far because I don’t live in the United Kingdom and calling out-of-country is seriously expensive.
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