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.

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 – Serpentine),
  • Amosite (Brown – Amphibole), and;
  • Crocidolite (Blue – Amphibole).

The other three types of asbestos are amphibole fibre types and are far less common. These are:

  • Anthophylite,
  • Tremolite, and;
  • Actinolite.

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.

Asbestos would be a great building product were it not for the huge health risks. It has a high resistance to heat and many chemicals and was the building material of choice in the 1960's to the mid '70's in the UK - before the potentially deadly properties of asbestos were known.

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.

Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos.

During this time asbestos was used for a number of jobs such as; floor tiles, pipe lagging, textured paints (Artex), internal partitions, central heating systems, roofs, gutters, rainwater downpipes, cement cladding, fire protection to structural steelwork, fuse boxes, bitumen products and many, many more.

Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.

Go to Next Question: What does Asbestos look like   Go to Previous : FAQs

With a team of multi-skilled and qualified staff we are able to offer our clients a range of Combined Compliance Services.

Many clients save up 40% on costs if they commission our Combined Compliance Services compared to taking each service separately.

What can we do?

Combined Asbestos Survey and Fire Safety Risk Assessment - Our asbestos survey services will identify and provide clients with recommendations for the suitable management of any asbestos containing materials.  The fire safety risk assessment will provide you with a professional report, which identifies your fire safety compliance, servicing of equipment, access and escape routes, signage, locks etc. All our assessments are provided in an electronic document, to the insurance and government approved PAS 79 format.

Your asbestos survey and fire risk assessment report will be delivered as two separate reports.

Combined Asbestos Survey and Legionella Risk Assessment - Our asbestos survey services will identify and provide clients with recommendations for the suitable management of any asbestos containing materials. The Legionella risk assessment will be undertaken in accordance with The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems (L8 ACOP), which will assess the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems present on site.

Your asbestos survey and legionella risk assessment report will be delivered as two separate reports.

We have the experience where it counts

Our Asbestos Surveyors, Fire Safety Risk Assessors and Legionella Risk Assessors have extensive experience in a wide range premises such as warehouse’s and industrial units, retail premises and shopping centres, offices, garages, hotels, care homes, colleges and schools, blocks of flats and pubs, clubs and restaurants.

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below

With a team of multi-skilled and qualified staff we are able to offer our clients a range of Combined Compliance Services.

Many clients save up 40% on costs if they commission our Combined Compliance Services compared to taking each service separately.

What can we do?

Combined Asbestos Survey and Legionella Risk AssessmentOur asbestos survey services will identify and provide clients with recommendations for the suitable management of any asbestos containing materials. The Legionella risk assessment will be undertaken in accordance with The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems (L8 ACOP), which will assess the risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems present on site.

Your asbestos survey and legionella risk assessment report will be delivered as two separate reports.

Combined Asbestos Survey and Fire Safety Risk AssessmentOur asbestos survey services will identify and provide clients with recommendations for the suitable management of any asbestos containing materials.  The fire safety risk assessment will provide you with a professional report, which identifies your fire safety compliance, servicing of equipment, access and escape routes, signage, locks etc. All our assessments are provided in an electronic document, to the insurance and government approved PAS 79 format.

Your asbestos survey and fire risk assessment report will be delivered as two separate reports.

We have the experience where it counts

Our Asbestos Surveyors, Legionella Risk Assessors and Fire Safety Risk Assessors have extensive experience in a wide range premises such as warehouse’s and industrial units, retail premises and shopping centres, offices, garages, hotels, care homes, colleges and schools, blocks of flats and pubs, clubs and restaurants.

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 apply to all work with asbestos in the UK. The accompanying Approved Code of Practice L143 describes in detail how such work should be carried out. The Regulations state that whilst work with asbestos is a licensed activity, certain low risk work can be undertaken without a licence, although some of that work still requires a notification to be made.

The most important point that the Regulations require is appropriate asbestos training for the type of work anticipated. If you or your employees are going to undertake work with asbestos you must have appropriate recent training. If you are going to employee someone to work on your asbestos you need to determine that they have such training.

Even if persons are not intending to work with asbestos but are going to work on the fabric of your building then they should have UKATA Asbestos Awareness Training to help them recognise possible asbestos and to know how to respond if they accidentally disturb what maybe asbestos.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 require that every non-domestic property should have an Asbestos Management Plan that details how the person responsible for the maintenance of a building, the Duty Holder, will proceed to ensure that persons are not exposed to asbestos.

We can help you comply with the Regulations by:

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

Welcome to the Bradley Environmental Asbestos Consultant FAQ Page. Below are a number of asbestos-related questions that we often get asked:

  1. What is asbestos?
  2. What does asbestos look like?
  3. Where can you find asbestos?
  4. Why is asbestos dangerous?
  5. Why do we need an asbestos survey?
  6. What if I don't have an asbestos survey carried out?
  7. Can I survey the building for asbestos myself?
  8. How much will an asbestos survey cost?
  9. Will I be able to understand the asbestos report?
  10. Are all asbestos surveys the same?
  11. When did the new asbestos regulations come into effect?
  12. What shall I do about an asbestos management plan?
  13. What asbestos training courses are available to me?

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the Asbestos Consultant services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

Bradley Environmental is a leading asbestos removal, survey and management company. We offer a nationwide, 24 hour, 365 day service to all sectors of industry, from small domestic clients to large multinational clients and public sector works.

Asbestos - where is hides

What can we do to help?

Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work related deaths in the UK and is therefore one of the most heavily regulated sectors of industry. Bradley Environmental will manage the removal all forms of asbestos containing materials, ranging from small domestic projects to large public sector, industrial or commercial asbestos abatement works, such as removal of:

  • Asbestos Reinforced Composites
  • Decorative Textured Coatings
  • Vinyl Floor Tiles and Bitumen Adhesive
  • Asbestos Cement Products
  • Asbestos Insulation Board
  • Asbestos Thermal Insulation
  • Asbestos Spray Coatings and Debris

We have the experience where it counts

At Bradley Environmental we understand that asbestos is an emotive issue and work with our clients to ensure that we carry out our projects in the most discreet and professional manner possible.

All of our Licensed and Non Licensed Contractors are employed directly by the company and have undergone rigorous competency and background checks. At Bradley Environmental we like to build long term relationships with our contractors and clients and strive to exceed expectations.

Our experienced asbestos removal project management team can offer clients the following services;

  • Writing and preparing asbestos removal specification documents
  • Providing appropriate guidance to the client
  • Writing, preparing and evaluating asbestos removal tender documentation
  • Instructing the approved Asbestos Removal Contractor
  • Vetting of method statements and plans of work
  • Full site management and supervision of contractor(s)
  • Provision of UKAS accredited asbestos fibre air monitoring on site for the duration of the project
  • Update asbestos registers following works
  • Site hand over once all works have been completed

All of our consultants hold the S301 Certificate of Competence in asbestos allowing you, the client, to be confident our knowledge is second-to-none. 

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the Asbestos Removal and Management Services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 require every non-domestic property to have an Asbestos Management Plan. This document is intended to explain how the person responsible for the building, the Duty Holder, intends to manage the asbestos present to prevent persons being exposed to the asbestos.

Unfortunately this is not a one-off job for it will be required for as long as you have asbestos-containing materials present in your buildings.

The Asbestos Management Plan should be a simple, understandable document that addresses:

If you have a small building with limited amounts of asbestos containing materials that are in good condition the task can be as simple as the list describes. If you have more of a problem than this you may need some help.

We can help by:

  • Learning what you have in place already and how your systems and responsibilities are arranged.
  • Writing your Asbestos Management Plan.
  • Reviewing your Asbestos Management Plan to ensure it is kept up to date
  • Auditing your Asbestos Management Plan to ensure it is working
  • Provide Asbestos Training

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

After a long period of succesful growth, we needed to invest in our core service delivery asbestos management software to help the business thrive and continue to grow.

Our TEAMS system gives the client unlimited secure access to our bespoke asbestos management system as well as our full support service. 

TEAMS is a cloud based asbestos management system that can fully manage asbestos items within a client’s property portfolio no matter how big or complicated.

TEAMS offers everything from interactive live asbestos survey reports of your sites through to air test certificates and bulk analysis reports in one convenient client-branded area. With specially designed screens, clear navigation and extensive search and filtering tools, the client, assigned partners or contractors can access the information they need anytime and anywhere.

Our Cloud Based Asbestos Management System:

  • The system complies with HSG264 Asbestos and the requirements set out in the CAR 2012.
  • Gives the client user unlimited secure access to our bespoke asbestos management web portal
  • Full support service
  • Can be accessed from any location
  • Fully manage asbestos items within a client’s property portfolio
  • Interactive live asbestos survey reports of your sites through to air test certificates and bulk analysis reports in one convenient client-branded area.
  • The client, assigned partners or contractors can access the information they need anytime and anywhere.
  • Unlimited users can be added with varying levels of access including super administrators and read only users

Main features include:

  • Search to instantly view your reports
  • Live and up to date survey progress reports
  • Interactive documents including survey reports, management plans, asbestos registers
  • Assign restriction notes to a specific building
  • Priority and material risk assessment scores
  • Drill down into items and samples
  • Easy colour coding for quick asbestos and non-asbestos item identification
  • Detailed sample information including scoring and photographs
  • Data can be extracted in multiple formats (ie Exel spread sheet)
  • You create and control the number and access level of all users
  • Full traceability of all users for auditing purposes
  • 24/7/365 IT support service

In addition to the above, TEAMS also allows the client to manage and store electronic documents that are associated with on-going Health and Safety complaince such as Legionella Risk Assessments and Fire Safety Risk Assessments.

Set up costs start from as little as £500.00 for unlimited users and support. Contact us today for your no obligation online demonstration.

TEAMS is designed to meet the requirements of UK legislation and is based on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and HSG264 The Survey Guide.

TEAMS can be accessed from any PC or laptop with an internet connection but you have full control over access rights and privileges.

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

“Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK ” - Health and Safety Executive.

The Duty to Manage Asbestos is contained in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It applies to non-domestic premises.

Its effect is to ascribe duties to persons in control of non-domestic properties in order to achieve two basic goals:

  • Persons working in a property or visiting that property will not be exposed to asbestos.
  • Persons required to do work upon the property will be advised of the presence of asbestos so that they can avoid it or, if adequately trained, work on it appropriately.

There will always be a Duty Holder in a non-domestic property, be that the Owner, the Manager of a company renting the property or a Head Teacher in a school. The Duty Holder is the person who has control of work upon the fabric of the building.

What we do for the Duty Holder:

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the Duty to Manage Asbestos services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

Bradley Environmental holds UKAS Accreditation for undertaking asbestos fibre air monitoring in accordance with ISO 17025.

What can we do to help?

Bradley Environmental operate 4 regional offices; these include Birmingham, Wakefield, Blackpool and St. Asaph (North Wales).

Download our Asbestos Consultancy, Survey and Testing Brochure here.

We have a dedicated asbestos fibre air monitoring team, offering a 24 hours a day/365 days a year fast response service.

Our services include:

  • Smoke tests
  • Leak and reassurance testing
  • Occupational monitoring
  • Visual inspection
  • Four stage clearance
  • Certificates of Reoccupation

Why is asbestos fibre air monitoring required?

Air monitoring or air testing is needed for a number of reasons, these include:

  • Certifying clearance after asbestos has been removed
  • Ensuring leaks do not occur during asbestos removal
  • Providing reassurance that nobody has been placed at risk

We have the experience where it counts

At Bradley Environmental we:

  • Operate a fleet of specialist mobile laboratories;
  • Ensure results are made available on-site;
  • Operate 24/7, 365 days a year on a nationwide basis;
  • Provide total peace of mind that asbestos removal works have been carried out to the highest possible standards.

OK, I'm interested what do I do next?

For more information on the Duty to Manage Asbestos services we provide, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Contact Us box below.

Contact Us
Please tick here if you do not wish to be added to our mailing list (News, Offers, Training, New Standards, etc.)
Send Enquiry