Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation.
Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.
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- 20 tradesmen die
- 6 electricians die
- 8 joiners die
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More information is available from the HSE website:
For further information about removing asbestos from your home please contact Environmental Services.
If you are a landlord renting out property then you will find important information regarding asbestos in rented properties from the Gov.UK Website.
When asbestos fibres are inhaled they may cause serious disease such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. It is therefore very important to avoid asbestos fibres being released into the atmosphere and subsequently being inhalation.
Asbestos-containing material (ACM) if in good condition does not necessarily require removal, however, the ACM must be monitored to ensure the ACM does not deteriorate ie sustain damage.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 places a specific duty upon businesses to Manage Asbestos in their premises and detailed guidance can be obtained from the Health & Safety Executive website.