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What Is Asbestos? 2017-04-28T11:43:24+00:00

Asbestos is a group of microscopic natural minerals that are naturally fire resistant and flexible. These qualities were used widely several years ago in many applications such as pipe and building insulation, roofing, carpet underlay, ceiling, wall and floor tiles, patching compounds, vehicle brake pads, ironing board pads, electrical wiring, textured paints, cements, and many more applications across both domestic and industrial environments.

Usually there are other materials present which prevent the asbestos particles from being released into the air. However, when these materials become damaged, the danger becomes very real.

Asbestos Facts

  • There is no safe level of exposure when it comes to asbestos. Quite simply, the more exposure you have, the greater the risk of long-term health problems.
  • One of the common diseases from asbestos is Asbestosis. This is common amongst workers who manufacture products containing asbestos, or work within areas containing loose or damaged asbestos.
  • Another common disease caused by exposure to asbestos is Mesothelioma. This disease is a form of cancer of the cells that line the outside of the lungs, the inside of the ribs, and around the abdominal organs.
  • Products containing asbestos are all too common within both domestic and commercial environments, especially in buildings or offices built prior to the late 1970’s. If you suspect you have materials containing asbestos then you should not be tempted to investigate. Asbestos based products are fairly safe when undamaged, but as a precaution you should have you building assessed by a trained asbestos engineer. If you have damaged asbestos based products then do not delay – you and your colleagues and employees run a high risk of long term health problems. Often the symptoms may not be apparent for 30 years or so!

Inside

  1. Asbestos cement Water tank
    B. Pipe lagging
    C. Loose fill insulation
    D. Textured decorative coating eg artex
    E. AIB ceiling tiles
    F. AIB bath panel
    G. Toilet seat and cistern
    H. AIB behind fuse box
    I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
    J. AIB partition wall
    K. AIB interior window panel
    L. AIB around boiler
    M. Vinyl floor tiles
    N. AIB behind fire

Outside

  1. Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes
    P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
    Q. AIB exterior window panel
    R. Asbestos cement roof
    S. Asbestos cement panels
    T. Roofing felt

Inside Building

    1. Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns
    2. Asbestos cement water tank
    3. Loose fill insulation
    4. Lagging on boilers and pipes
    5. AIB ceiling tiles
    6. Toilet seat and cistern
    7. AIB partition walls
    8. AIB panels in fire doors
    9. Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper
    10. Vinyl floor tiles
    11. AIB around boilers
    12. Textiles eg fire blankets
    13. Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings eg artex

Outside Building

    1. Asbestos cement roof
    2. Asbestos cement panels
    3. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes
    4. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
    5. Asbestos cement flue

    (AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board)

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