Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the early 1900s until a final ban in 1999. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. Properties constructed before the 1900s regularly still contain asbestos materials due to refurbishment and upgrades. Asbestos disease kills more people in the UK than any other work related illness with approximately 4000 deaths per annum; this number is expected to rise considerably.
Asbestos materials in good condition are safe to remain in place if the material is going to remain undisturbed. The Control of Asbestos regulations put in place many legal controls to reduce the risks of exposure. EMS’s experience with relevant regulations and guidance means we are perfectly able to provide associated asbestos services.
EMS offers a wide range of asbestos services including UKAS accredited asbestos surveys, asbestos awareness training, asbestos management plans, asbestos removal, project management and professional witness services.
EMS has experience of working across a broad spectrum of sites in both the public and private sectors. Our client base ranges from residential homeowners through to NHS trusts and some of the biggest corporations in the UK. EMS have experience including extensive social housing work, hospitals, schools, high-security sites, chemical works, food preparation areas, railway sector and large retail clients with national portfolios. Our surveyors are trained in confined space working and working at heights; all our operatives also hold CSCS cards.