Asbestos Surveys

What exactly is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that was predominantly used as a building material in the UK between the 1950s and 1980s. Mined in countries such as Russia, Brazil, South Africa and China, asbestos fibers were woven into fabrics or mixed in cement and used all around the world.

The three main types of asbestos common to the UK are: 


(White Asbestos)


Chrysotile is the most commonly used type of asbestos and is often contaminated with trace amounts of tremolite. Chrysotile fibers are usually fine in texture, possessing high flexibility and good heat resistant properties, making it ideal for use in cement, brake pads/linings and roofing materials. However exposure to these fibers can cause severe irritation to the lungs, and a greatly increased risk of cancer.


(Brown Asbestos)


Mined mostly in Africa, amosite is a particularly strong and heat-resistant type of asbestos that was commonly used in cement sheet, plumbing insulation and electrical insulation. Though all types of asbestos are toxic, amosite asbestos exposure presents an even higher cancer risk.


(Blue Asbestos)

Crocidolite has very thin fibres and, if inhaled, are easily lodged in the lungs. It’s thin fibres and brittle nature make crocidolite one of the most harmful forms of asbestos, as it easily breaks down leading to increased risk of accidental exposure.

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Why is lab testing necessary?


The short answer is that you can’t always identify Asbestos by sight, smell or colour. 

Asbestos is a fibrous material that comes in many colours, shapes and forms. The fibers are also incredibly small: about 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

The only way you can know for definite that asbestos is present is by having the material tested by a specialist laboratory. 


Here at Gary Cooper Associates, we have our samples tested at our UKAS certificated laboratory to validate each sample as to whether it contains asbestos and also the type of asbestos present. This process gives our clients extra peace of mind and the clarity to make decisions on its removal or management. 

As part of our Survey we will cover the cost for the first 5 samples to be tested!

Asbestos Surveys

We provided management and refurbishment and demolition surveys. We aim to help you understand the results and know how to implement best practice. 


Wether it's a management or a refurbishment and demolition survey we work to locate any asbestos in your property.

Professional Advice

Each survey is unique, so we aim to work with you in order to produce a survey that is in line with your needs. We have years of experience so we can help you understand what is required in your situation.

Laboratory Sampling

We test all material samples that we take in line with HSE guidelines, and provide you with the accredited results. This is a key step to help you make a management plan, or decide how to handle the material in the case of refurbishment or demolition.


Putting in place an asbestos management plan or arranging for removal or remedial works can be confusing. We aim to help you get the information that you need in order to correctly implement best practice in your situation.


Asbestos comes in various forms and can be found in any number of different materials. We help you identify the risk posed by each installation in your property. For
each item we provided as standard a material risk assessment and an asbestos register.


Not all asbestos needs to be removed, however all business have a duty to manage asbestos at their premises. Our report together with our consultation will help you to put in place an effective management plan to protect yourselves and others.

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