With the use of asbestos in construction banned in 1999 in the UK it is no surprise that many health and medical establishments still have a problem with the potentially dangerous material.Asbestos, when disturbed, releases fibres into the air, which if inhaled can cause asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma might take decades to manifest and display symptoms, by which time it is too late.
Many hospitals were built prior to asbestos being banned in construction, and where there is the need for repair, maintenance, refurbishment, or even demolition of old hospitals and medical establishments there is an issue with whether asbestos is present, and what should be done about it if it is.
Last year the BBC reported that nine out of 10 NHS trusts had hospitals containing asbestos, after a freedom of information request. From 211 trusts asked, 198 said they had hospitals containing asbestos. In the NHS, improvements in processes over the years has meant that any asbestos present must be registered and safely contained.
If asbestos is found to be present in a building prior to repair or maintenance work, or the refurbishment, renovation or demolishment of a hospital structure, it is vital that licensed asbestos surveyors conduct analysis and careful removal of the hazardous materials.
If you have found asbestos present at your building, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to offer expert advice and guidance on all things asbestos. Call us on 02380 982 589 to find out more information.