Asbestos FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve found Asbestos – what do I do?

  1. Even if you have asbestos in your home/workplace, this is usually not a serious problem. Asbestos materials only become a hazard when disturbed e.g. by heating engineers, plumbers or when generally renovating your home.  Also generaldeterioration can cause asbestos to be a hazard.
  2. Actions depend on the type and condition of the asbestos containing materials (ACM). Asbestos fibre is safe provided it remains bonded in the materialwhich it is used and does not become airborne. There is no danger unless fibres are released and are inhaled into the lungs.

Do I need to have my Asbestos removed?

Generally material in good condition willnot release asbestos fibres.   If this is the case and the materialis  in good condition anq unlikely to be disturbed, it can be left in place, but, you should monitor it regularly for signs of deterioratiorf e.g. flaking, broken edges, damp etc.

If the asbestos containing materialis in bad condition, or it becomes damaged, or if you are planning to make changes to your property that may disturb it, then you willneed to have it repaired or removed completely.

Is my health at risk?

Items that contain asbestos do not represent a significant risk to your health unless they are damaged or disturbed and should be left undisturbed.

Asbestos is only a risk if the fibres are disturbed, which makes them airborne and is then possible for them to be breathed into the lungs.

What kind of Asbestos do I have?

Unless something has already been tested and labelled as containing asbestos you cannot tell.

You cannot tell just be looking at a product whether it contains asbestos or not.   There are upwards of 3000 products known to contain asbestos.

To determine the presence of asbestos a sample of the suspected materialmust be analysed by a laboratory accredited for analysing asbestos.

Why is Asbestos used?

Asbestos is a remarkable materia,l  despite its dangers.

It has valuable characteristics that were used widely in manufacturing and industry. These qualities make it a good insulator as it does not burn and transmits heat poorly.

It is a poor conductor of electricity, it is also resistant to corrosion, so it is useful for externalapplications.

It is strong yet flexible which makes it a good choice for protective clothing.

It can also be painted or sprayed on to other products and for all these reasons this made it an attractive and ideal choice for many products.