This week (commencing 1st April) is the start of the 15th National Asbestos Awareness Week. Are you aware of asbestos materials and the possible health implications that they can pose?
Asbestos is a strong, naturally occurring material which can resist heat and chemicals. It was commonly used in building materials between the 1930s and 1980s. Many buildings built or changed during this period could contain asbestos.
You are not at risk if parts of your home contain asbestos, as long as it is undisturbed and undamaged. You are only at risk if you do DIY, including work such as drilling, sawing, scrubbing and sanding, to parts of your home which may contain asbestos. DIY can result in brief but high levels of exposure to asbestos fibres that put you and your family at serious risk. Exposure to asbestos can be fatal.
Today, asbestos has been identified as a major health risk. It has been banned from use in all of its forms since 1999 in the UK and understanding and training of asbestos is a mandatory, key element to all construction projects in the UK.