What is Asbestos
Asbestos was once a popular building material because of its fire retardant properties and insulating capabilities. Because it is fibrous, asbestos could used in a variety of applications, including being woven into protective clothing, pipe lagging, as an insulation and as a fire-protecting sprayed-on coating.
Any property built prior to 1999 in the UK could have asbestos-containing materials present.
Today, anyone carrying out repairs, maintenance or demolishing properties built during that era risks being exposed to the long-term dangers of asbestos. It is also a massive problem for the Emergency Services when dealing with damaged structures.
When was asbestos banned in the UK?
Some types of asbestos were banned in 1985, but some asbestos continued to be used until a total ban in 1999. As such, any building that was refurbished or built before this time could potentially contain asbestos.
Europe banned the use of asbestos in 2005 and half of the rest of the world still use asbestos.
How is asbestos disposed of?
Asbestos removal should only be carried out by licensed and trained professionals with the experience, equipment and knowledge to carry out safe asbestos disposal.
These workers use special masks, clothing and tools to contain the airborne fibres during removal. The material itself is considered a hazardous substance and can only be disposed of in appropriate hazardous disposal facilities.
Why is it dangerous?