Asbestos Products - Asbestos Finishing Cement
Finishing cement is used to provide a smooth, attractive surface for concrete floors. Finishing cement is similar to concrete in that it contains sand and limestone. It also often contains certain pigments that are used to create false finishes that may resemble hardwood, cobblestones or any other type of flooring material.
Around the year 1900, manufacturers of finishing cements began adding asbestos fibres to the mix. The asbestos acted as a binder, giving the finished product strength and durability, thereby helping the surface to stand up more solidly to years of traffic. The use of asbestos in finishing cement was largely phased out in the 1980s.
If your property contains asbestos finishing cement that is in good condition, it is a very low risk material that may be managed in-situ. This is because the asbestos fibres will be held tightly within the matrix of the cement material.
Demolition and renovation workers should be aware that asbestos finishing cement still exists in many older structures, and the asbestos fibres can become airborne and pose a serious health risk when the concrete is broken up.
We recommend asbestos testing by our qualified surveyors to determine whether or not asbestos fibres are present in the finishing cement prior to such work being carried out. We will also assess the risk to you and your family or staff and give you free advice on how to safely manage the work and remove the material.
Contact us now to arrange an appointment by phoning 0800 061 2597. Alternatively, click here for a free, no-obligation quotation (typically £49 for single-point sampling).