ASBESTOS 

Why is Asbestos dangerous? 
According to the Health and Safety Executive* around 5,000 workers each year are still being killed by Asbestos. Around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure. 
 
Asbestos is not a problem of the past! It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When materials that contain Asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. Therefore, it is important that you protect yourself now. 
Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases: 
Mesothelioma 
Asbestos-related Lung Cancer 
Asbestosis 
Pleural Thickening 
Asbestos – Where can you find Asbestos? 
Asbestos can potentially be found today in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade. 
Some examples within Industrial buildings [Inside]: 
Sprayed coatings on ceilings, calls, beams and columns 
Asbestos cement water tank 
Asbestos loose fill insulation 
Asbestos Insulating Board ceiling tiles 
Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper 
Vinyl floor titles 
Lagging on boilers and pipes 
Asbestos Insulating Board Partition walls 
Asbestos Insulating Board around boilers 
Textiles e.g. fire blankets 
Toilet seat and cistern 
Asbestos Insulating Board panels in fire doors 
Some examples within Industrial buildings [Outside]: 
Asbestos cement roof 
Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes 
Asbestos cement panels 
Soffits – Asbestos Insulating Board or Asbestos cement 
Asbestos cement flue 
Some examples within Residential properties [Inside]: 
Asbestos cement water tank 
Textured decorative coating e.g. artex 
Asbestos Insulating Board behind fire 
Asbestos Insulating Board partition wall 
Vinyl floor tiles 
Pipe lagging 
Asbestos Insulating Board ceiling tiles 
Asbestos Insulating Board behind fuse box 
Asbestos Insulating Board interior window panel 
Toilet seat and cistern 
Loose Fill insulation 
Asbestos Insulating Board bath panel 
Asbestos Insulating Board airing cupboard and boiler insulation 
Asbestos Insulating Board around boiler 
Some examples within Residential properties [Outside]: 
Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes 
Asbestos cement roof 
Soffits – Asbestos Insulating Board or Asbestos cement 
Asbestos cement panels 
Asbestos Insulating Board exterior window panel 
Roofing felt 
*This page contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence.  
Additional information and guidance can be found on the Health and Safety Executive’s website – www.hse.gov.uk 
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