Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is more than the number of people killed on the road.

Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure however, asbestos is not just 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. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.

Asbestos can cause some fatal and serious diseases including:

Mesothelioma – a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs (Almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal.)

Asbestos-related lung cancer – the same as (looks the same as) lung cancer caused by smoking and other causes.

Asbestosis – a serious scarring condition of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years.

Pleural thickening – generally a problem that happens after heavy asbestos exposure. The lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells.

Note: It is also important to remember that people who smoke, and are also exposed to asbestos fibres, are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer.

Where Asbestos Hides

Where Asbestos Hides

Inside

1. Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns
2. Asbestos cement water tank
3. Loose fill insulation
4. Lagging on boilers and pipes
5. AIB ceiling tiles
6. Toilet seat and cistern
7. AIB partition walls
8. AIB panels in fire doors
9. Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper
10. Vinyl floor tiles
11. AIB around boilers
12. Textiles eg fire blankets
13. Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings eg artex

Outside

14. Asbestos cement roof
15. Asbestos cement panels
16. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes
17. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
18. Asbestos cement flue

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board

Inside

A. Asbestos cement Water tank
B. Pipe lagging
C. Loose fill insulation
D. Textured decorative coating eg artex
E. AIB ceiling tiles
F. AIB bath panel
G. Toilet seat and cistern
H. AIB behind fuse box
I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
J. AIB partition wall
K. AIB interior window panel
L. AIB around boiler
M. Vinyl floor tiles
N. AIB behind fire

Outside

O. Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes
P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
Q. AIB exterior window panel
R. Asbestos cement roof
S. Asbestos cement panels
T. Roofing felt

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board

Where Asbestos hides in the home

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