There are more deaths from illnesses related to asbestos, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, than from any other type of work related illness in the UK. Around 5,000 people die from exposure to asbestos each year, but for the vast majority they had no idea they were ill for many years after first being exposed to asbestos dust.
Asbestos is a versatile and robust material that was used in construction for around 150 years in the UK. It was used for fireproofing, as insulation in buildings, and for lagging. In many industries, but especially in construction and engineering, people were exposed to asbestos for many years up until it being banned in 1999 in this country.
Since then, although asbestos is no longer used within new buildings, its presence must be safely identified and managed in any building that is being demolished, renovated or refurbished, due to so many buildings having asbestos present.
It can take anywhere between 15 and 60-years for an asbestos-related illness to begin showing symptoms, and that can happen even if you take just one breath of asbestos dust, or disturb one piece of material that contains asbestos fibres.
For these reasons it is vital that should you be responsible for managing a building where you believe asbestos might be present, that you contact a specialist team of asbestos surveyors, asbestos management and asbestos removal experts. Contact Artisan Surveyors on 02380 982 589 for more information on how we can help you manage asbestos.