DIY-ers Reminded about Dangers of Asbestos

Following the recent prosecution of building contractors who were fined after they exposed workers and homeowners to potentially fatal asbestos material during work on a garage extension at a home in Ipswich. Qube Environmental remind DIY-ers and home owners about the dangers of Asbestos in houses.

A survey carried out by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) revealed that 85% of people surveyed in the West Midlands thought that the use of Asbestos was stopped in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  In fact it was as recently as 1999 that Asbestos of all types were finally banned.

Millions of homes and thousands of business premises were built and refurbished when Asbestos was widely used in construction.  There is a danger that people forget it can be in the most un-likely places around the house.  Asbestos can typically still be found in any of the following:

  • Asbestos cement products (pipes, flues, roofs etc)
  • Lagging (on pipes and boilers etc)
  • Water tanks and toilet cisterns
  • Asbestos insulating board (AIB – which closely resembles typical plasterboard)
  • Loose asbestos in ceiling and wall cavities
  • Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams / columns
  • Textured decorative coatings (commonly referred to as Artex)
  • Floor tiles
  • Textiles and composites

HSE has produced an interactive diagram which illustrates where asbestos may be found.

If you have concerns about on going work with asbestos in your home.  Visit the HSE website to contact one of their local offices, email concerns@hse.gsi.gov.uk or phone their Concerns Team on 0300 0031647 in office hours, 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday.