For industrial and residential buildings across the UK.
Whether your industrial or residential building was built or refurbished before the year 2000, it is likely that asbestos can be found. Asbestos is in many of the common materials used in the building trade. Some of these materials, especially asbestos should only be worked on by a professional trained contractor.
If you are interested in our asbestos testing & removal cleaning services, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our specialists today!
Rainbow International has a clear duty of care to policyholders and customers, to risk assess for asbestos as part of any initial reports. For any removals of asbestos materials that require a licensed contractor – Rainbow International has great relationships with licensed contractors, meaning we can offer a comprehensive asbestos removal service for any situation.
Rainbow International has a number of technicians within the network who are trained to carry out Notifiable Non Licensed Work (NNLW) of asbestos removal. These technicians are required to attend annual training courses, carry a photo card ID and are also regulated under HSE guidelines.
Under NNLW guidelines from CAR12 regulations, we only deal with chrysolite; and not crocidolite or amosite.
Chrysolite (white asbestos) can be found in cement, vinyl or thermoplastic floor tiles, textured coating (i.e artex) and bitumen.
Rainbow International work with bSure, who are experts in tackling the risk of asbestos. Our technicians are trained through their training and accreditation programmes. We also utilise them for technical support, so our technicians can keep up-to-date with legislation, regulations and governance.
bSure also provide the sample testing service – meaning our customers could have samples tested and results back with them within 48 hours – resulting in any scheduled removal, restoration or maintenance work being able to commence without long delays.
The laboratories will be devoted to forensic science so it is imperative that all traces of organic matter are removed.
Dean Copley, Operations Manager, Fera
Asbestos is a building material that became popular due to its fireproof and waterproof properties. It’s also a good heat and sound insulator and is resistant to most chemicals.
However, it has been found to cause numerous life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, and so is no longer used in construction.
Because of its perceived versatility, many older houses — particularly those built before 1985, though asbestos wasn’t banned until the end of 1999 — may have asbestos in their insulation, pipes, floor tiles, walls, bathroom fittings, garage roofs and even mixed into cement.
AIB (Asbestos Insulating Board) can be found in many places throughout industrial and commercial buildings, including in fire doors, partition walls, ceiling tiles and boiler surrounds.
It may also have been sprayed as a coating onto walls and ceilings, used as lagging for boilers, included in gaskets and rope seals, distributed throughout the property as insulation and even applied as a part of the decorative elements – paper and wall coatings, for example.
DIY asbestos kits are available on line to purchase. However it is necessary to use suitable PPE and the correct process for sample collection. The sample will then need to be sent to a UKAS approved laboratory for analysis and results.
Due to the technicalities of sample collection and the potential health and safety risk, we would always recommend you have a qualified professional complete the testing.
Yes. If loose asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can cause serious health problems over time. These problems include lung cancer, asbestosis (another serious lung condition) and mesothelioma (a type of cancer that begins in the lining of the organs).
These conditions can prove fatal.
You should always approach a qualified and accredited asbestos specialist in order to test for asbestos safely and effectively. Rainbow International can do this for you.