Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. These qualities make the mineral useful, but they also make asbestos exposure highly toxic.

Asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. But when asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibres can become permanently trapped in the body.

Over decades, trapped asbestos fibres can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage. A rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos also causes other forms of cancer as well as progressive lung disease.

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Where is asbestos typically found?

Although asbestos has been completely banned across the UK since 1999, buildings built before the year 2000 may still have asbestos present due to its popularity in general construction.
Not only incredibly versatile and durable, asbestos was also affordable making it an incredibly popular material, and therefore used in a range of applications, including: Pipes.
Boilers.
Vinyl sheet flooring.
Millboard.
Insulation.
Soundproofing.
Patching and joint compounds.
Roofing.
Door gaskets.
Ceiling tiles.

Why get asbestos survey

An asbestos survey locates and identifies any Asbestos containing materials with the premises and allows them to be managed accordingly. Large amounts of asbestos containing materials were used in the construction and refurbishment of buildings up until 1999. Managing asbestos is required in non-domestic premises under regulation 4 of the Control of asbestos regulations 2012. Failure to comply can lead to harsh fines from the courts and more importantly risk of exposing people to asbestos.

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