What Is An Asbestos Report, And Why Is It Important?

When asbestos is detected at a property, removal doesn’t necessarily have to take place. So long as the asbestos-containing materials are not disturbed, people can live and work around it. However, if the property requires any construction, electrical, plumbing or interior design-work (among others), everyone involved must be aware of the asbestos so that steps […]

What is Asbestos Mesothelioma?

Even though it is now illegal to utilise asbestos within construction, there will still be occasions when you work in a building that houses it. Even though asbestos can cause severe illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma, when properly trained, it is possible to operate around the substance safely. However, it is essential to know the […]

What is Asbestosis Disease?

The use of asbestos was banned in construction in 1999. However, the substance has not been removed from properties built before the ban was implemented. If undisturbed, the substance does not pose a risk to those who live or work around it. However, if it is disturbed, dangerous particles can linger in the air for […]

How Long Does Asbestos Stay In The Air If Disturbed?

Although the use of asbestos was banned in the UK twenty years ago (and blue and brown asbestos banned over thirty years ago), it can still be present in buildings constructed before 2000. With approximately 13 people dying per day of asbestos related illnesses in the UK alone, it is important that exposure to asbestos […]

How Many People Die Annually Due To Asbestos?

With the use of all types of asbestos banned in the UK construction industry since the 1990’s, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the number of people dying annually due to it would be low. According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that an average of 13 people a day in the UK […]

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 […]