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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About asbestos

Check out a few questions about asbestos right here, from your friendly experts at WestCross.

Not necessarily. If the asbestos-containing materials are intact, undisturbed, and in good condition, they may not pose an immediate risk. However, it's crucial to monitor their condition regularly and seek professional advice to determine the appropriate course of action. Removal may be recommended if the materials are damaged or deteriorating.

If you plan on completing any renovation works and your building was built pre 1999, you should always have an asbestos survey completed first!

Here in the UK there are strict regulations governing asbestos management, removal, and disposal. It is crucial to work with a licensed asbestos removal company (like WestCross Environmental Services) that adheres to these regulations. We have the knowledge and experience to handle asbestos safely, obtain necessary permits, conduct proper testing, and ensure proper disposal at approved facilities.

Please always use a reputable firm and we always recommend getting more than one quote before committing to a company. 

Absolutely not. By using a non-licensed company or individual you are putting yourself and those in your property at risk of contamination. We receive calls each week from homeowners exposed to asbestos. The simple solution, contact us first before having any renovation work completed. A builder can not confirm if asbestos is present, only an asbestos professional.

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About WestCross Environmental Services

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Yes, WestCross Environmental Services is a fully licensed asbestos removal contractor. We operate in compliance with all relevant industry regulations and guidelines. Our licensing ensures that we have the necessary expertise, training, and qualifications to safely handle asbestos removal projects in domestic, commercial, and public sector environments. Working with a licensed contractor like WestCross provides peace of mind, knowing that your asbestos removal needs are being handled by professionals who meet the highest standards of safety and quality.

Absolutely! Safety is our top priority at WestCross Environmental Services. Our highly qualified team follows strict safety protocols and employs advanced techniques and equipment to ensure the safe removal and disposal of asbestos. We adhere to all legal requirements and guidelines for the packaging, transportation, and disposal of asbestos waste. By working with us, you can trust that every step of the asbestos removal process, from initial assessment to final disposal, is handled with the utmost care, expertise, and attention to detail.

We have the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, including councils, blue-chip companies, small businesses, housing associations, and many other businesses and organisations where asbestos has been found. Our trusted services have earned us the confidence of some of the biggest names on the high street and British institutions. We approach each project, regardless of its scale or client, with the same level of dedication, professionalism, and commitment to excellence. Our extensive experience and expertise allow us to cater to the unique needs of each client, delivering tailored asbestos removal solutions that prioritise safety, compliance, and customer satisfaction.

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About the risks of asbestos

Discover key information about asbestos risks, dangers, and types of asbestos right here.

Identifying asbestos-containing materials visually is challenging, as they can be present in various forms, including insulation, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, and pipe insulation. The only way to confirm the presence of asbestos is through professional testing and analysis of material samples. If you suspect the presence of asbestos, it is important to reach out to us before completing any renovation work. We offer FREE quotes. 

We strongly advise you to not to disturb or attempt to renovate asbestos-containing materials on your own.

The rule of thumb is that if you property was built pre 1999, then it has a strong likelihood of containing asbestos.

Disturbing such materials can release asbestos fibres into the air, increasing the risk of exposure. Always seek the assistance of a licensed asbestos professional who can safely handle the materials and ensure proper containment and removal.

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General questions

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The need to vacate your home or business during asbestos removal depends on the scope of the project and the area affected. In some cases, it may be necessary to temporarily relocate employees or occupants to ensure their safety and minimise exposure to asbestos fibres. However, in many instances, with proper containment measures and strict adherence to safety protocols, it may be possible to carry out the removal process without vacating the entire premises. Our priority is to create a safe working environment and minimise disruptions, and we work closely with our clients to develop a plan that suits their specific needs and ensures the safety of everyone involved.

If you suspect that you have disturbed asbestos-containing materials, it is crucial to prioritise safety and take immediate action in accordance with UK laws and regulations. Here are the steps to follow:

Cease activity: Stop any work or activity that may further disturb the suspected asbestos-containing materials.

Minimise movement and avoid creating dust or spreading fibres, as this can release harmful asbestos particles into the air.

Isolate the area: Restrict access to the affected area to prevent others from inadvertently coming into contact with asbestos fibres. Close off the area and clearly mark it with warning signs to alert people of the potential hazards.

Avoid direct contact: Refrain from touching or disturbing the materials any further. It is essential not to attempt to clean up the area yourself, as improper handling can release more asbestos fibres into the air, increasing the risk of exposure.

Notify the appropriate authorities: Contact WestCross Environmental Services as soon as possible. We are experienced professionals with the expertise, equipment, and knowledge of UK regulations to assess the situation, conduct proper testing, and safely manage the asbestos removal process. Additionally, inform relevant authorities, such as your local environmental health department, to ensure compliance with UK laws and seek their guidance on next steps.

Seek medical advice: If you suspect you may have been exposed to asbestos fibres, it is important to consult a medical professional experienced in asbestos-related illnesses. Describe the potential exposure and follow their guidance for appropriate testing, monitoring, and any necessary preventive measures. Prompt medical advice can help identify any health risks and ensure proper care and monitoring.

Remember, swift action and adherence to UK laws and regulations are crucial when dealing with disturbed asbestos. By working with professionals experienced in asbestos management, you can ensure that the proper precautions are taken to safeguard your health, the health of others, and to effectively manage the situation within the framework of UK laws and regulations.

Asbestos removal is a specialised process that requires extensive training, expertise, and proper equipment to ensure safety and compliance with regulations. While some builders may claim to be able to remove asbestos, it is crucial to work with a licensed and experienced asbestos removal contractor like WestCross Environmental Services. Our team undergoes rigorous training and holds the necessary licenses and certifications to handle asbestos removal safely and effectively. Choosing a professional asbestos removal contractor provides peace of mind, knowing that the project will be handled by experts who have the knowledge and skills to mitigate risks and protect the health of you and your property's occupants.


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