From 1985, the two most dangerous forms of asbestos have been banned from import and have ceased to be used in homes and in industry. Blue asbestos (a mineral also known as crocidolite) and brown asbestos (known as amosite) were both widely used in the construction industry and exposure to these kinds of asbestos is known to be very harmful. White asbestos, which is known as chrysotile, is considered to be slightly less dangerous, but was banned in the UK from 1999. Asbestos in all its forms is strongly linked with asbestosis, a lung disease and a terminal form of cancer, mesothelioma, which is an incurable cancer of the inner lining of the chest or abdominal cavity.
Although banned, asbestos is still being found and removed from older buildings and industrial sites. Removal requires specialist treatment and disposal, helping to minimise the risk to the public and to the workers removing the asbestos from the site. Prior to removal, it is essential for asbestos surveys to be carried out, and if necessary, asbestos management plans to be drawn up. Removal of asbestos is not something that should be done by yourself as part of a DIY project; it needs professional care and attention to ensure the safety, health and well-being of you and your family.
Asbestos is commonly found in the home in the following areas:
• Garage roofs
• Textured Artex ceilings
• Communal areas
• Lagging and insulation
• Ceiling and floor cavities
• Older boilers and toilet cisterns
Exposure to asbestos can have devastating consequences for you and anyone around you. Although on the surface a sheet of asbestos may look safe, the fine dust particles and fibres from asbestos can enter your lungs and over time cause permanent damage. The common signs of asbestosis damage include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, wheezing, chest pain and the swelling of your fingertips.
If you have concerns that your house may have asbestos in it, or asbestos has been identified and you need more information on how to proceed, it would be wise to get an asbestos survey carried out on the areas of concern. The survey will advise you on the best course of action for removal or the safe management of the asbestos in your home.
Call us today on 0800 635 8265 to book your asbestos survey.