Why is Asbestos dangerous?
According to the Health and Safety Executive* around 5,000 workers each year are still being killed by Asbestos. Around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.
Asbestos is not a problem of the past! It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.
When materials that contain Asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. Therefore, it is important that you protect yourself now.
Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:
Asbestos-related Lung Cancer
Asbestos – Where can you find Asbestos?
Asbestos can potentially be found today in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade.
Some examples within Industrial buildings [Inside]:
Some examples within Industrial buildings [Outside]:
Some examples within Residential properties [Inside]:
Some examples within Residential properties [Outside]:
*This page contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence.
Additional information and guidance can be found on the Health and Safety Executive’s website – www.hse.gov.uk