Asbestos, a very common issue which is often under looked by so many people. Most of us are made to believe that it is no longer something that exists or was simply a scare from the 2000s, but it can still be found in so many buildings across the UK, in both domestic and commercial properties.
Read on to find out more about what you can do to keep yourself safe when dealing with asbestos.
Understanding What Asbestos Is
Asbestos is made up of several different minerals which can be seen by the human eye as long, thin fibres. The fibres are extremely strong but also flexible. There are six different types of asbestos which can be identified depending on the colour of the fibres. It was a useful building material and was widely popular in the construction industry.
Asbestos is usually found in cement, flooring, insulation systems and the like. It was banned entirely in the UK in 2000, however, you can still find it in any many houses and buildings that were built before the millennium.
Minimising Potential Risks
The first thing you should do if you suspect that asbestos is present is to close off the area with safety tape. If you do not have any available to you then use a barrier or another item that clearly alerts everyone of the potential danger.
If possible you should not allow anyone to enter the building. If inhaled asbestos can cause respiratory issues and has been linked with many types of cancer and illnesses, particularly those that affect the lungs. It is currently the biggest occupational health killer in the UK and although laws were brought in to stop any future production, it is still a major issue that is affecting hundreds of people across the UK.
Advice from a Professional
The next step is to speak to someone that has experience in asbestos removal. An asbestos remediation expert will understand exactly how to identify the problem and also advise you on the best solution, which is the most important part. An asbestos survey will likely be required to pinpoint the asbestos, as well as establishing whether it needs to be removed or not.
Solving the Problem
We would never recommend removing asbestos by yourself, it is simply not a DIY job and is more dangerous. After consulting with an asbestos expert, they will be your best point of call to organise removal and disposal of the fibres within your home or place of work. The asbestos needs to be disposed of properly and does not belong in your usual landfill as the fibres can easily be spread in the open.
Your Safety is Priority
The most important part of the entire process is your safety. If you ever have any concerns, whether at home or at work, always raise it with the right people and speak to someone who can advise you in the right direction.
Asbestos is potentially very dangerous but if the right safety precautions and steps are taken to alleviate the risks, you will always be in a much better position to deal with it. For more asbestos health and safety tips and advice, please visit the Governments website.