Asbestos is a hidden killer and poses a huge risk to public health.
In the UK alone, it is estimated that approx 20 tradesmen every week die from an asbestos related illness.
It is fine if left alone and undisturbed, but becomes a problem when doing renovations or DIY.
When the asbestos material is damaged, it releases harmful fibers into the atmosphere, which can be inhaled and cause damage to the lungs and respiratory system.
Unfortunately, it takes many years for any symptoms to develop following exposure to the asbestos fibers.
Asbestos related illnesses include mesothelioma and asbestosis.
So follow the lead of the BBC and make sure you take any necessary precautions when it comes to asbestos.
Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their building so as not to put employees at risk. Contact our Armco office for asbestos management and refurbishment/ demolition surveys on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting http://www.armco.org.uk/