Hatch Consultancy is a specialist asbestos management company offering a professional and independent asbestos survey and consultancy service throughout Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Based in West Devon, we have over 25 years' experience in the asbestos consultancy industry. Hatch Consultancy offer a fast, efficient asbestos survey and consultancy service at highly competitive rates, to both private and commercial clients. If you would like any further information or a free, no obligation quote, please email info@hatchconsultancy.co.uk or call Chris Pearce on 01822 742 995 or 07769 326428.

Hatch Consultancy is run by Chris Pearce who hasover 25 years' experience in the asbestos consultancy industry. Chris was previously a director at a leading nationwide asbestos consultancy where he held various directorships including Technical Director, Projects Director and Survey Director. Chris is CCP qualified and has a thorough understanding of asbestos quality systems, and specialises in all aspects of asbestos surveying and management of asbestos. He says: although the asbestos industry is the second most heavily legislated industry, the quality of asbestos consultancies and their consultants varies enormously.

Asbestos management solutions will allow you to understand the risks involved and meet the requirements of asbestos regulations. Asbestos was used widely as a building material between the 1950s right through to the 1980s, so the vast majority of buildings built before the year 2000 are likely to contain it. The inhalation of asbestos fibres are only damaging to humans if the asbestos fibres have also been damaged in some way. It's a lot less likely for asbestos to become damaged if it is managed properly and by professionals.

It is estimated that around 1.6 million UK commercial buildings contain asbestos and that asbestos may be present in as many as 14 million residential homes. If you suspect that asbestos may be present in your property then you may want to know how to go about carrying out a check for asbestos. The only way to test if a material contains asbestos is for a small sample to be taken and for this to be analysed by an accredited Laboratory. As the process of sampling could potentially lead to asbestos fibre release it is important that anyone undertaking the asbestos testing has appropriate training and uses suitable PPE.

If you have found us by searching online for a provider of South West asbestos services then we are pleased to say that you have come to the right place and welcome to Hatch Consultancy. Hatch Consultancy are a leading asbestos management company that covers the South West of the UK. If you suspect there is asbestos within your premises, on your land or want to ensure compliance with current legislation then we will be able to help you. Although we appreciate that we aren't the only company offering asbestos services within the local area, from previous client feedback we are confident that we are one of the best.

Often once you have had a home buyers survey the surveyor may make reference to possible asbestos materials within the property. This could be in the form of roof tiles, textured coatings (artex) or panelling such as soffits. In order to confirm if a material contains asbestos a small sample needs to be taken and analysed under a microscope for asbestos fibres. The process itself involves a qualified asbestos surveyor visiting the site and taking a sample of the suspect material - this sample is then analysed at a UKAS accredited laboratory.

HSG 248 provides advice and guidance for analysts involved in licensed asbestos removal and the sampling of asbestos-containing materials. This guidance is aimed at a technical audience, e.g.

Asbestos can be present anywhere, in a house or in a large factory building. Materials containing asbestos need to be identified by a company that offers asbestos services before a suitable course of action can be implemented. With asbestos, removal is not always the best option. An asbestos consultancy service may advise the asbestos to remain untouched - asbestos only poses a health danger if it is disturbed or damaged in some way. The option to manage and monitor the asbestos may prove the solution, and management and risk assessment will mean that the asbestos remains in-situ and is simply monitored regularly for any signs of disturbance.

The use of asbestos materials within residential and commercial properties was finally banned in1999. Asbestos was used primarily for its fire retardant properties and has been used in its raw state for insulation e.g. Whilst most asbestos materials do not pose a risk if left undisturbed it is important that there presence is known to help prevent accidental damage occurring. Hatch Consultancy offer a range of asbestos testing services to Plymouth and throughout Devon and Cornwall and are able to attend site at short notice to carry out sampling and both management and refurbishment surveys.

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