If you think you have discovered or accidentally disturbed and released asbestos during the course of your work or a DIY project, you should immediately stop whatever it is you are doing and leave the area. Inform anyone around you what has happened and vacate the room/area. Put up a warning sign that clearly states…

We’re still available to support our customers (past, present and future!). Putting current advice and thinking around Covid-19 into place, the welfare of our staff and clients is our top priority. In order to continue to deliver excellent service, the Vintec office is closed and we are now all working remotely. Our site teams are…

Although asbestos Artex ceilings are classified as a low risk material, we always recommend using a suitably qualified asbestos contractor to work on any asbestos material. If you go to our web page  Selecting an asbestos removal contractor this will give more information. If you still feel you want go ahead and drill the holes…

Textured ceiling coating (often known by the trade name Artex) samples are one of the most common asbestos containing materials that our analysts see in the laboratory for asbestos testing. Artex ceilings are present in millions of homes across the vintUK and can appear in the traditional stippled effect or as various swirling patterns. The…

Here are the latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive in 2019. It’s important that we monitor figures closely to know how the asbestos industry is improving in the UK but also still highlight the vital need to asbestos testing. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that takes many years to develop following…

Many types of asbestos containing floor tiles are still around today. They were originally used because they were comparatively cheap, flexible and strong. For these reasons asbestos floor tiles were widely used in properties built from the early 1950s right through to the 1990s. Usually the asbestos floor tiles were laid directly on to the…

Our DIY Asbestos testing kit is proving to be very popular with domestic clients and tradesmen. Below we have attempted to answer the three most common questions that people ask us about the kits.   Will I be at risk if I use a DIY asbestos testing kit? As long as you follow the instructions…

Many of the asbestos surveys we undertake each year are carried out on behalf of property developers. This type of client generally falls into three distinct categories. Those looking to buy a property but wanting an asbestos survey first. Those that have already bought a property and now need an asbestos survey to start demolition…

Is it Licensed, NNLW or NLW? First you need to decide whether the works are classified as licensed, notifiable non-licensed works (NNLW) or non-licensed works (NLW). To put it simply, work on high risk or friable asbestos containing materials are likely to need a licensed asbestos removal contractor (LARC). Work on the lower risk or…

The factors that will determine the cost of an asbestos survey are many. In this article I’m going to try to set out the main variables to give you a better understanding of what you need. What you should expect to receive and how much it will all cost. If you don’t want to read…

So who should undertake your asbestos testing and sampling? How do you check that the person/company doing the asbestos testing is competent and will offer independent advice? After all, it’s not a substance you want to be messing around with. My quick search for ‘asbestos testing’ on the Google has thrown up 17 results on…

Ok, so ‘asbestosly’ isn’t a real word. But there is no word that can describe the impact of having your home and family exposed to the potential dangers of asbestos. The dangers are well publicised but unfortunately for the domestic customer the issue is still rarely considered by builders and architects. With up to 50%…

Sounds like a silly question, right? Read on. It’s all been going so well. The building owner/manager has fulfilled their legal obligation and complied with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. They have had a management asbestos survey carried out, compiled the asbestos register, written and implemented an effective management plan. The asbestos register is…

Buying a new home is a stressful time. It’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought. You have already handed over a sizeable chunk of cash to your solicitor, mortgage broker etc. You’re all set to move. You’ve planned your new kitchen, set a provisional date for house warming barbecue. What can go wrong? Then…

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