Environmental Ltd
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About Asbestos

Formed in 2003, A.R.C.S. Environmental Ltd is a specialist asbestos removal company. The nature of the works undertaken often involves demolition or refurbishment of industrial premises which lead to a need for recognising and identifying asbestos in its many forms. As time progressed we became more and more recognised for our expertise in asbestos removal and surveys, risk assessment and identification and our surveying activities began to play a major role in our operations.

Asbestos Removal

It is our experience that some companies are reluctant to adopt the new regulations in asbestos removal because they believe that if they find asbestos they will be forced to spend a fortune on asbestos removal. Those companies are misinformed. The new regulations introduce a duty for asbestos removal only if it is damaged and beyond asbestos management, we can make that asbestos risk assessment for you. A.R.C.S. Environmental Ltd is working in partnership with organizations of all sizes, large and small, single or multiple site companies.

Asbestos Liability

The new legislation will replace current guidelines on asbestos liability that only require asbestos reports ‘once asbestos is discovered'. However this new regulation, whilst far more comprehensive than previous guidelines, does not necessarily make the management of asbestos liability more onerous. In the majority of cases, a report, or simple management procedure, will satisfactorily deal with any necessary issues. A.R.C.S. Environmental Ltd asbestos consultants have been at the forefront of asbestos treatment and asbestos liability management; let us help you to get the situation under control.

From the six main types of asbestos in the UK we have mainly used two amphibole types and one serpentine. These are more commonly known as Crocidolite (blue asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos) and Chrysotile (white asbestos). The colour refers to its raw state and it is very hard for the naked eye to detect the colour when it is in an ACM. Because of its properties ACM's were widely used in the construction industry. It does a great job but there's one problem – The dust kills!

What is Asbestos?

The word ASBESTOS is Greek. The ‘a' stands for ‘not ' and ‘sbestos' stands for extinguishable'. It is the fibrous form of several minerals and hydrous silicates of magnesium. It is mostly found underground.

Asbestos is obtainable by various underground mining methods, but the most common method is open-pit mining. Only about 6 percent of the mined ore contains usable fibres. The fibres are separated from the ore by crushing, air suction, and vibrating screens, and in the process are sorted into different lengths, or grades. The most widely used method of grading, the Quebec Standard Test Method , divides the fibres into seven groups, the longest in group one and the shortest, called milled asbestos, in group seven. The length of the fibres, as well as the chemical composition of the ore, determines the kind of product that can be made from the asbestos. The longer fibres have been used in fabrics, commonly with cotton or rayon, and the shorter ones for moulded goods, such as pipes and gaskets.

Asbestos fibres can be moulded or woven into various fabrics. Because it is non-flammable and a poor heat conductor, asbestos has been widely used to make fireproof products such as safety clothing for fire fighters and insulation products such as hot-water piping. The first recorded use of the word asbestos is by Pliny the Elder in the 1st century AD, although the substance itself was known as early as the 2nd century BC. The Romans made cremation cloths and wicks from it, and centuries later Marco Polo noted its usefulness as cloth.

Widely used asbestos was often mixed with other materials in what we call today asbestos containing materials (ACM's) . Asbestos is of two principal classes, the amphiboles and the serpentines, the former of relatively minor importance. Chrysotile , in the serpentine class, constitutes about 95 percent of the world supply of asbestos, of which three-fourths is mined in Quebec . Other large deposits exist in South Africa . In the United States , California , Vermont , and Arizona are the leading asbestos-producing states; however, the majority of United States deposits are of no commercial value.

From the six main types of asbestos we in the UK have mainly used two amphibole types and one serpentine. These are more commonly known as Crocidolite (blue asbestos) , Amosite (brown asbestos) and Chrysotile (white asbestos) . The colour refers to its raw state and it is very hard for the naked eye to detect the colour when it is in an ACM. Because of its properties ACM's were widely used in the construction industry. It does a great job but there's one problem – The dust kills!

The dust is microscopic . When asbestos is disturbed these microscopic fibres are exposed into the atmosphere which we breathe in. Due to it's resilience against chemical attack our bodies can not fight them. Our natural defences can not dissolve it and the fibres get stuck in our breathing organs causing cancers of the lung, asbestosis, mesothelioma and various other asbestos related diseases most of which are incurable.

That's why It is now banned here in the UK and to keep the air safe to breath we need to locate where it is and manage it.