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Asbestos and the Dangers

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral mined from the ground and then processed and refined. The fibres were then added to a binding agent to create an Asbestos Containing Material (ACM), such as pipe lagging or insulation boards, to increase their strength, durability and fire resistance.

The three main types of asbestos used in construction were: Crocodilite, commonly known as Blue asbestos, Amosite (Brown), and Chrysotile (White). Although the different types of asbestos may vary in colour they cannot be identified by colour alone. A laboratory analysis is required to determine the type.

In the UK asbestos was used by the building industry from the late 1800’s until 1980, with particular zest between from the 1950s to the late 1970s. Although the importation and use of asbestos was eventually banned in 1999, it is estimated that up to half a million commercial, industrial, public and residential buildings still contain asbestos.

Invisible to the naked eye, when asbestos fibres are inhaled or swallowed they become trapped in the body and can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Statistics show that the more asbestos fibres inhaled the greater the risk of developing a disease. There is no such thing as a safe exposure level to asbestos but individual susceptibility plays an important role in the development of disease.

To discuss your project ring 0117 951 9567 or enquire online. Written tenders should be addressed to Mike Shorland, Contracts Manager.


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