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Frequently Asked Questions

At least 3,500 * people in Great Britain alone die from Mesothelioma and asbestos
related lung cancer each year as of a result of exposure to asbestos. This figure is expected
to continue to rise over the next ten years.

There are many thousands of tons of asbestos still present in buildings in the UK and it
is estimated that over half a million non domestic premises contain some form of asbestos.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that has been used for around 150 years commercially.

Why was Asbestos used ?

Asbestos is plentiful and versatile. It was used throughout the construction industry
from 1950’s to the 1980’s because it was ideal as a fireproofing material and also an
insulating material for electricity, heating and sound.

Where is Asbestos found in buildings ?

Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) may be found in buildings constructed
or refurbished before blue and brown asbestos were banned in 1985. Some
ACM’s were still used up until 1999.

Does Asbestos need to be removed ?

Whilst many people are in the firm belief that this is the case, there are instances
where – as long as ACM’s are managed properly they can remain in place. If however,
the ACM is liable to be disrupted and or damaged then it is highly recommended
that the removal should be planned immediately.

Why is Asbestos dangerous ?

There are three commonly encountered types of asbestos; Chrysotile (White), Crocidolite
(Blue), and Amosite (Brown). All forms are potentially dangerous. Research
shows that blue and brown are significantly more dangerous than white asbestos.
If asbestos is disturbed, fibres become airborne and can be inhaled. These fibres
lodge in the lungs leading to several diseases, such as lung cancer, asbestosis and

Who can remove Asbestos ?

Asbestos and ACM’s should be removed only by a licensed asbestos removal contractor.
Such licenses are granted to the company by the HSE.



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