We have over 10 years experience providing asbestos surveying in Oxford
Oxford has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and as a city from the 16th century. It has a wealth of historic buildings including the remains of Oxford Castle, the cathedral and many sites associated with the world famous University.
The city’s population expanded rapidly in the early 20th Century and that came with a similar growth in local industry, particularly in printing and publishing. By mid century there were also thriving car and steel plants to the south east. These no longer exist in that form but the site is still home to many businesses.
Associated with the current car plant, other industries and a large student population there is a thriving support industry of bars, restaurants, shops and clubs.
Where do we find asbestos?
Essentially asbestos can be found in any building that was either built or refurbished prior to 1999, which is the date when its use was fully banned.
Because asbestos was both cheap and useful it found its way into many building materials such as insulating board and lagging, cement sheets for roofing, flooring, textured coatings, and many others.
It wasn’t just industrial buildings that contained such materials, although they do have a significant amount and even now it is not know exactly how much. Commercial and residential properties, schools and colleges also made use of these cheap, fire-resistant and strong materials.
If you want more details on the types and locations of asbestos containing materials you can find lots of information on the Health & Safety Executives Hidden Killer Campaign web site.
What does that mean for Oxford residents and businesses?
Because Oxford has been established for so long and has such a wide range of building types it is very likely that a significant number of them still have asbestos containing materials somewhere.
It has been estimated that at least 3500 people die from asbestos-related illnesses each year in the UK. This number is rising annually and is expected to reach at least 5000 in the future.
Asbestos-related illness is the single greatest cause of workplace death in the UK.
For all these reason it is important that a thorough survey is conducted before commencing any work that might disturb materials that could potentially contain asbestos, whether that is major refurbishments, demolitions or simply everyday maintenance.
If you plan to conduct any such work or are worried that your premises may contain asbestos call RJS for a free quotation to conduct an Asbestos Management or Refurbishment/Demolition Survey.