What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that has been used for around 150 years commercially.
Why was Asbestos used?
Asbestos is plentiful and versatile. It was used throughout the construction industry from 1950’s to the 1980’s because it was ideal as a fireproofing material and also an insulating material for electricity, heating and sound.
Where is Asbestos found in buildings?
Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) may be found in buildings constructed or refurbished before blue and brown asbestos were banned in 1985. Some ACM’s were still used up until 1999.
Does Asbestos need to be removed?
Whilst many people are in the firm belief that this is the case, there are instances where – as long as ACM’s are managed properly they can remain in place. If however, the ACM is liable to be disrupted and or damaged then it is highly recommended that the removal should be planned immediately.
Why is Asbestos dangerous?
There are three commonly encountered types of asbestos; Chrysotile (White), Crocidolite (Blue), and Amosite (Brown). All forms are potentially dangerous. Research shows that blue and brown are significantly more dangerous than white asbestos.
If asbestos is disturbed, fibres become airborne and can be inhaled. These fibres lodge in the lungs leading to several diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Who can remove Asbestos?
Asbestos and ACM’s should be removed only by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Such licenses are granted to the company by the HSE.
For more information on and or fact sheets for Asbestos and all related issues, please visit www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos