Why Is Asbestos Banned?

Asbestos has been banned in the UK – and a number of other countries across the world – for a number of years. In short, asbestos was found to be hugely harmful for the human body. In fact, many asbestos-related injuries are fatal. But, despite this, the banning of asbestos didn’t happen all at once. […]

What Everyday Items May Contain Asbestos?

Back in 1999, the UK’s blanket-ban on asbestos came into force. For decades, asbestos was favoured for its fire-retardant properties, and its ability to act as an insulator. Up until the late 1970s, it was still used in products used to help you get ready in the morning, help grow plants in your garden, and […]

Asbestos Laws and Legislation in the UK

Asbestos is an extremely dangerous substance that was commonly used in construction prior to the 1980’s within the UK. Thousands of people die each year from asbestos related illnesses, leading to stricter regulations and an eventual ban on the use of the substance.  Sadly, the substance is still used worldwide, so the number of deaths is […]

What To Do If You’re Exposed To Asbestos

If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos, then it’s important to speak with your GP, as continual asbestos exposure can lead to life threatening diseases including Mesothelioma.  However, small levels of exposure do not tend to develop into serious injuries. You should speak with your GP if you have the following symptoms […]

When Was Asbestos Banned In The UK?

The dangers of asbestos are very clear, we’ve previously covered it here, but it may surprise you to know that the use of asbestos in building and construction wasn’t fully banned in the UK until 1999. When was asbestos banned in the UK? Whilst blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos were banned in 1985, white […]

What Does Asbestos Look Like?

Asbestos was used prior to 1999 in the UK across construction and many other industry sectors. Asbestos was introduced to construction for many reasons, however one of the most prominent properties was the stabilising and heat resistant effects; and its use was continued in the UK until asbestos alternatives such as cellulose fibre and polyurethane […]

Asbestos and Breast Cancer

Exposure to asbestos can cause numerous health problems that can be ultimately fatal to humans. One such health issue is breast cancer. While men contract breast cancer, women are 100 times more likely to suffer from it. There have been studies that have found that women exposed to asbestos fibres have higher rates of breast […]

When Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos is dangerous because its fibres enter the human body through breathing them in. The substance itself is not considered dangerous when it is left undisturbed. However, when disturbed it releases dust or fibres into the air which can then be ingested. The fibres then become attached within the mucous membranes of the throat and […]

Asbestos in Schools: What You Need To Know

In the UK, three-quarters of schools are reported to contain asbestos materials within their buildings. Between 1945 and 1975, the use of asbestos was frequent in the construction of schools, as part of the UK’s school building programs. 14,000 schools during that period were built with asbestos, especially in the construction of temporary buildings and […]

A Brief History of Asbestos

The history of Asbestos is a long and dangerous one. Once discovered, it was put to many uses due to its inflammability and cheap cost to mine. The use of asbestos in construction means there are many buildings throughout the world still containing this harmful substance – its deadly nature not fully realised until the […]