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Recognising Asbestos: A Guide to Identifying Hidden Hazards

Recognising Asbestos: A Guide to Identifying Hidden Hazards

Asbestos, once a miracle material used extensively in construction and manufacturing, is now a notorious health hazard. Its fibrous composition made it ideal for insulation, fireproofing, and other applications. However, when disturbed, asbestos fibres can become airborne and pose serious health risks when inhaled. Recognising asbestos and understanding where it might be hiding is crucial…

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE): Cleaning and Maintenance

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE): Cleaning and Maintenance

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is designed to protect the wearer from inhaling hazardous materials and prevent serious long-term health conditions later in life. Neglecting this equipment can have a detrimental impact on the safety levels a mask will provide. Proper cleaning and maintenance is an essential part of ensuring respiratory masks achieve optimum performance and maximise…

Surface Preparation: Trelawny VL303 Needle Scaler How-to-Guide

Surface Preparation: Trelawny VL303 Needle Scaler – How-to-Guide

Cleaning surfaces or removing coatings or other materials that have built up that require specialised tools. The Trelawny VL303 needle gun or needle scaler is the ideal low vibration solution designed for projects of all different sizes and surfaces.  How does the needle scaler work? The Trelawny VL303 houses 28 x 3mm needles attached to…

How do you sand concrete floors

Concrete floors: How do you sand concrete floors?

Sanding concrete floors requires specific tools such as floor grinders to make sure an even finish is achieved. Concrete itself is one of the most commonly used materials in construction due to its’ affordability, durability and low maintenance properties. It is also waterproof, which makes it resistant to things like erosion. Concrete has historically been…

Draining a Beacon decontamination unit

How to drain a decontamination unit in winter?

A decontamination unit is drained by opening the valves at the source and letting the water run out of the system, i.e. sinks, showers, water tanks and boilers. All drainage areas are designed to get wet and can be carried out from a parked position. If there are going to be larger volumes of water,…

How to remove Artex coatings

How to remove Artex coatings?

Artex can be removed by applying water based technologies such as X-Tex to remove the decorative coating from ceilings or walls. However it is important to do this properly and carefully and ensuring limited disturbance to the coatings as they can contain asbestos.

How to use Bostik ET-150 user guide

How to use Bostik ET-150

Bostik ET-150 Sprayable Vapour Barrier Coating is ideal as a protective barrier coating when carrying out work on areas that may contain hazardous substances such as asbestos. It is commonly used as an asbestos encapsulant, as well as a vapour barrier coating for internal and external insulated piping equipment and air conditioning ducting. It is…

X-Tex: A How-To DIY Guide

How to Use X-Tex Artex Remover? Trade Strip X-Tex is designed for the safe removal of textured coatings such as Artex, without the disruption to potentially hazardous fibres such as asbestos. Prior to the 1990s potentially dangerous substances such as asbestos were used in a range of textured coatings and finishes, so it is essential…