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An Introduction to Asbestos

 

Asbestos is the common name for a variety of naturally occurring silicate minerals that are fibrous in structure. This mineral occurs in many parts of the world, the main sites of commercial asbestos mining and production are; Canada, the Soviet Union and Southern Africa. Asbestos containing rock is crushed and milled at the mining site to produce raw asbestos of various grades.

Asbestos fibre is mechanically strong and highly resistant to heat and chemical attack. Because of its fibrous nature asbestos fibre can be woven into fabrics and used as reinforcement for cement and plastics.
 
 
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Raw Asbestos

 

 

There are six types of asbestos which fall into two category's of fibre type. The two asbestos fibre types are Serpentine (curly, wavy fibres) and Amphibole (needle like fibres).

Of the six types of asbestos the three most commercially utilised are, Chrysotile (White Asbestos - Serpentine), Amosite (Brown Asbestos - Amphibole) and Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos - Amphibole).

The other three types of asbestos are amphibole fibre types and are far less common. These are; Anthophylite Asbestos, Tremolite Asbestos and Actinolite Asbestos.
 
Asbestos strands can be split into smaller and thinner fibres during disturbance. Asbestos mined ore will initially divide into visible strands, fibre bundles, and individual fibres.
 
This splitting can continue on to minute levels of microscopic size. This process is unique to asbestos and is why airborne asbestos is such a problem.
 
Asbestos fibres can become so small that they remain airborne longer and pass undetected by the respiratory dust defences.

 

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Microscopic Asbestos Fibre

 
 
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We undertake asbestos surveys and asbestos services across the whole of the UK, including all areas of Scotland & Wales. Although our head office is based in Northamptonshire, we have consultants and management located in London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle, enabling full coverage of the UK. In the last twelve months we have undertaken large volumes of asbestos survey and removal works within the following counties and listed towns:

Counties:    Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Peterborough, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Merseyside, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire

A -: Abingdon (Oxford), Addlestone (London), Adlington (Bolton), Adwick le Street (Doncaster), Alcester (Worcester), Aldershot, Aldridge (Birmingham), Alfreton (Nottingham), Alnwick (Newcastle), Alsager (Stoke), Alton (Stoke), Altrincham (Manchester), Amersham (Buckinghamshire), Ampthill (Bedford), Andover, Arlesey  (Bedford), Arnold (Nottingham), Arundel, Ascot, Ashbourne, Ashburton, Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Nottingham), Ashton-in-Makerfield, Ashton-under-Lyne, Askern (Doncaster), Atherstone, Atherton (Manchester), Attleborough (Norwich), Audenshaw (Manchester), Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire), Aylsham (Norwich)

B -: Bacup, Bakewell, Baldock, Banbury (Oxford), Banstead (London), Barking (London), Barnard Castle (Newcastle), Barnehurst (London), Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Batley (Leeds), Bawtry (Doncaster), Beaconsfield (Buckinghamshire), Bebington (Liverpool), Beckenham (London), Bedford (Bedfordshire), Bedworth (Coventry), Beeston (Nottingham), Belper, Berkeley (London), Berkhamsted, Beverley, Bexhill-on-Sea, Bicester (Oxford), Biggleswade (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Bilston (Birmingham), Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland (Newcastle), Bishop's Stortford, Blackburn, Blackheath (London), Blackpool, Blaydon (Newcastle), Bletchley (Milton Keynes), Bloxwich (Birmingham), Bolton, Bootle (Liverpool), Borehamwood (London), Boroughbridge (York), Boston, Bournemouth, Brackley (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Bracknell, Bradford, Braintree, Brentwood, Bridgnorth (Birmingham), Bridlington, Brierley Hill (Birmingham), Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Bromborough (Liverpool), Bromsgrove, Buckingham, Bulwell (Nottingham), Burnley, Burntwood (Birmingham), Burton Latimer (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Burton, Bury, Bury St Edmunds, Bushey (London), Buxton

C -: Cadishead (Manchester), Camberley, Camborne (Cambridge), Cambridge, Cannock, Canterbury, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carterton (Oxford), Castleford (Leeds), Caterham ( London), Chadderton ( Manchester), Charlbury (Oxford), Chatham, Cheadle (Greater Manchester), Cheadle (Staffordshire), Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chertsey (London), Chesham (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Cheshunt (London), Chessington (London), Chester, Chesterfield, Chester-le-Street (Newcastle), Chichester, Chigwell (London), Chingford ( London), Chippenham, Chipping Norton (Oxford), Chorley, Cirencester, Clacton-on-Sea, Cleckheaton (Leeds), Cleethorpes, Coalville (Nottingham), Cobham (London), Colchester, Coleshill (Birmingham), Congleton, Corby (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Cotgrave (Nottingham), Coulsdon (London), Coventry (Birmingham), Cradley Heath (Birmingham), Crawley, Crosby (Liverpool), Croydon (London)

D - E -: Dagenham (London), Darlaston (Birmingham), Darlington (Newcastle), Dartford (London), Daventry (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Denton (Manchester) Derby, Desborough (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Dewsbury (Leeds), Didcot (Oxford), Doncaster, Dorchester, Dorking (London), Dover, Driffield, Droitwich, Dronfield (Sheffield), Droylsden (Manchester), Dudley (Birmingham), Dukinfield (Manchester), Dunstable (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Durham, Ealing (London), Earl Shilton (Leicester), East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Eastham (London), Eastwood (Essex), Eastwood (Nottinghamshire), Eccles (Manchester), Egham (London), Ellesmere Port (Liverpool), Ely (Cambridge), Epping (London), Epsom (London), Esher (London), Eton (London), Evesham, Ewell (London), Exeter

F - G -: Failsworth (Manchester), Fareham, Faringdon (Oxford), Farnborough, Farnham, Farnworth, Fazeley, Felixstowe, Feltham, (London) Fenny Stratford (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Fleet (London), Flitwick (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Folkestone, Fordbridge (Birmingham), Formby (Liverpool), Frodsham (Liverpool), Garforth (Leeds), Gateshead (Newcastle), Gillingham, Glastonbury, Glossop, Gloucester, Godmanchester (Cambridge), Gravesend, Grays (London), Great Yarmouth, Grimsby, Guildford (London)

H - I : Halesowen (Birmingham), Halifax, Hanwell (London), Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Harrow, Hartlepool, Harwich, Hastings, Hatfield, Havant, Haxby (York), Hemel Hempstead, Henley-on-Thames (Oxford), Hereford, Hertford, Heswall (Liverpool), Higham Ferrers (Northampton, Northamptonshire), High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Hinckley (Leicester), Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Hornchurch (London), Horsham, Houghton Regis (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Hounslow (London), Hoylake (Liverpool),Hucknall (Nottingham), Huddersfield, Huntingdon (Cambridge), Huyton (Liverpool), Hyde (Manchester), Ibstock (Leicester), Ilford (London), Immingham, Ipswich, Irlam (Manchester), Irthlingborough (Northampton, Northamptonshire)

J - K - L: Jarrow (Newcastle, Kempston (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Kettering (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Kidderminster (Birmingham), Killingworth (Newcastle), Kimberley ( Nottingham), King's Lynn, Kingston upon Thames (London), Kirkby (Liverpool), Knowle (Birmingham), Lancaster, Leamington Spa, Leatherhead (London), Leeds, Leicester, Leighton Buzzard (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Letchworth, Leyland, Lincoln, Linslade (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Liverpool, London, Long Eaton (Nottingham), Longbenton (Newcastle), Loughborough (Leicester), Lowestoft, Ludgershall (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Luton (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Lutterworth (Leicester)

M - N - O - P: Macclesfield, Maghull (Liverpool), Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield (Nottingham), March (Cambridge), Market Harborough (Leicester), Marlow (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Melton Mowbray (Leicester), Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Mitcham (London), Morden (London), Netherfield (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), New Malden (London), Newbury, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport Pagnell (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Northampton, North Shields (Newcastle), Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oadby (Leicester), Oldbury (Birmingham), Oldham (Manchester), Olney (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Ormskirk (Liverpool), Oundle (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Oxford, Pendlebury (Manchester), Peterborough (Cambridge), Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Potters Bar, Potton (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Prescot (Liverpool), Preston, Prestwich (Manchester)

Q - R - S: Quarry Bank (Birmingham), Radcliffe, Rainham (London), Ramsgate, Raunds (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Reading, Retford (Nottingham), Richmond (London), Rochdale, Romford (London), Rotherham, Rothwell (Northamptonshire), Rowley Regis ,(Birmingham), Runcorn (Liverpool), Rushden (Northampton, Northamptonshire), St Albans, St Helens, St Ives (Cambridgeshire), St Neots (Cambridge), Sale (Manchester), Salford (Manchester), Sandy (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Scunthorpe, Sedgley (Birmingham), Sheffield, Shefford (Bedford), Shrewsbury, Slough, Solihull (Birmingham), Southampton, South Bank (London), South Shields (Newcastle), Southport, Southwick (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Stafford, Staines (London), Stanley (Liverpool), Stapleford (Nottingham), Stevenage, Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Stony Stratford (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Stourbridge (Birmingham), Stratford-upon-Avon, Stretford (London), Sunderland, Sutton (London), Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham), Sutton-in-Ashfield (Nottingham), Swindon, Swinton (Greater Manchester)

T - U - W - Y: Tamworth (Birmingham), Telford, Thame (Oxford), Thamesmead (London), Thrapston (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Tonbridge, Towcester (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Trowbridge, Twickenham (London) Tyldesley (Manchester), Upminster (London), Upton (Oxford), Urmston (Manchester), Uxbridge (London), Wakefield, Wallasey (Liverpool), Wallingford (Oxford), Walsall (Birmingham), Waltham Abbey (London), Waltham Cross (London), Walthamstow (London), Walton (London)Wandsworth (London), Wantage (Oxford), Warrington (Manchester), Warwick, Watford, Watlington (Oxford), Wednesbury (Birmingham), Wednesfield (Birmingham), Wellingborough (Northampton, Northamptonshire), Welwyn Garden City, Wendover (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), West Bromwich (Birmingham), Westminster (London), Whittlesey (Cambridge), Widnes, Wigan, Willenhall ( Birmingham), Willington (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Wilmslow (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Winchester, Windsor (London),  Winslow (London), Woburn (Bedford, Bedfordshire), Woburn Sands (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Woking, Wokingham, Wolverhampton (Birmingham), Wolverton (Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes), Woodstock (Oxford), Worcester, Workington, Worksop (Nottingham), York