What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous material with insulation and fire retardant properties. In its heyday, asbestos was incorporated into a wide range of building products from roofing & ceiling tiles pipe insulation and sprayed coatings like Artex. There are three types of asbestos, white, brown and blue.
A brief history of asbestos
1800 - The industrial revolution created a huge boom in the demand for asbestos thanks to is’s use as an insulating material for steam pipes and boilers.
1899 - Invention of Eternit, the first commercial product combining asbestos and cement
1900's - Asbestos usage continues to grow thanks to its low cost, insulation and fire retardant properties
1930's - Germany reports the first deaths from asbestos related cancer
1950's - Asbestos starts to regularly used in the construction of buildings
1960's - Research proved that there was a causal link between working with asbestos and the incidence of mesothelioma and other serious illnesses
1999 - The UK Government bans the use of most types of asbestos with the signing of the Asbestos (Prohibitions) (Amendment) Regulations
Asbestos related diseases
Mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lungs that always results in death)
Asbestos-related lung cancer that is usually fatal
Asbestosis (a severely debilitating condition resulting from scarring of the lungs)
Diffuse pleural thickening (a thickening of the membrane surrounding the lungs leading to breathlessness)
Asbestos Surveying – a legal requirement
Legal duty to have surveys plans, legal consequences