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How To Detect The Presence Of Asbestos In The Workplace

It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the health and safety of the employees. It is one way in which the employers can ensure a happy and positive workplace environment.

Employers need to make sure that there are no harmful elements like Asbestos present in the workplace. The harmful effects of this particular substance are well documented and therefore its presence in the workplace cannot be taken lightly.

Here is a look at some of the steps that one needs to follow in order to detect the presence of asbestos in your workplace.

Find Out When The Building Was Constructed Or Renovated



There was a time when Asbestos was one of the most commonly used materials in buildings and households. It was around the end of the nineties and beginning of the new millennium when it was banned from use.

There is a possibility that one might find traces of asbestos in old buildings. Keep an eye out for any renovations or additions to the building, as there is a chance that there could be traces of asbestos in construction materials used for refurbishment purposes.

What Materials Were Used In Construction?



In addition to determining when the building was constructed, you will also need to know the materials that were used in the process of construction. Some of the most commonly used materials in the construction process include:

  • Steel
  • Cement sheets
  • Tiles
  • Timber
  • Bricks

There are strong chances that cement sheets might consist of asbestos. Tiles which have been exposed to moisture, sewerage and water pipes in the past might also consist of traces of this material.

Consult Professionals To Conduct An Inspection

It is quite natural that you will need the services of professionals when you make the decision of conducting an inspection of your office building. You need to make sure that the people you hire are licensed and certified.

Some of the most popular areas of your house where you might find asbestos include:

  • Downpipes
  • Sheet flooring
  • Roof gutters
  • Wall cavities

There are some people who prefer to opt for DIY methods instead. If you are one of those people, make sure you take pictures and keep notes. However, the problem with DIY methods is that there are certain areas of the building that you might not be able to access.

Therefore, it is best to rely on professionals for this job. Get in touch with us. We offer testing services for asbestos. We are certified asbestos removal contractors. You can contact us at (610) 497-7162 or drop us an email at help@aci-tech.net.