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Artex – Asbestos Reinforced Textured Coating

A typical pattern of reinforced textured coating that could contain asbestos

Testing for asbestos involves taking a sample of the textured coating. The sample is then sent to a UKAS accredited laboratory for analysis.

Adding asbestos to the mix made it stronger and easier to form decorative patterns. The asbestos was mixed in by hand and therefore is not consistent throughout the material.

Generally, the asbestos fibres are well bonded within the mix but may be released if sanded down or scraped off. Therefore any repairs or removal must be carried out under controlled conditions.

Always have the textured coating tested before you start any works.

Contact HSG Surveys Ltd for a quote for testing for asbestos, or for advice on working with asbestos.

Further essential information can be found on the HSE website