In one way or another, most of us have at least heard of asbestos and have some knowledge of its damaging effects on humans. However, with this dangerous material still very much a threat to people up and down the country, you may not fully comprehend the risks that asbestos poses.
With all forms of asbestos only being banned in 1999 here in the UK, it is important to ascertain the risks of this deadly substance and consider ways to both spot it and protect yourself from it.
A quick history
Although we see asbestos as a dangerous and illegal material today, this has not been the case for most of its history. As a naturally occurring substance, asbestos has been used in one way or another since the stone age. The Egyptians used it to create burial shrouds whilst the Romans created fine clothes from the material.
However, it wouldn’t be until the 1800s that asbestos was mined and utilised on a commercial level as a ‘miracle’ material due to its chemical and fire-retardant properties. It didn’t take long for documented effects of asbestos inhalation to become clear, with cases being found as early as 1897.
Unfortunately, because the material made big business so much money, it would take over 100 years for all types of asbestos to be banned here in the UK.
Where is it commonly found?
Because of its prevalence in UK construction throughout the 20th century, many buildings erected before the year 2000 still have significant amounts of asbestos built into them. However, as the substance needs to be disturbed for it to pose a risk, you may not even realise that your property contains asbestos.
As asbestos was commonly used as an insulating material for buildings, it is usually found within the walls and roofing of older buildings. It may have also been sprayed as a coating on beams, columns and vinyl flooring.
What to do if you find asbestos
If you find asbestos in your property, it is essential to not disturb it and let others know that it has been found. Disturbing asbestos can excite the deadly fibres that make up this material. It is these fibres which cause issues when inhaled, so cordon off the area and get in touch with the professionals who can ascertain what steps to take next.
Keep yourself safe from asbestos with Paul Riddel Skips
Finding asbestos on your premises is an extremely serious issue and if it comes to the point where it needs to be removed, the process should only be handled by qualified professionals.
At Paul Riddel Skips, we understand the seriousness of discovering asbestos and how important it is that the material is disposed of in a safe and comprehensive manner. Because of this, our team of asbestos disposal specialists are on hand to ensure your building is made completely safe from the damaging effects of this deadly material.
For more information, visit our website or get in touch on 01507 526815.