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The BBC have confirmed that the team behind their popular TV show DIY SOS take no risks with Asbestos.
Infact, they take the matter of asbestos very seriously indeed.
No work commences on a building until asbestos Surveyors have visited the site and conducted an extensive asbestos survey.
The asbestos Surveyors chosen to do the survey are fully vetted and compliant with current asbestos regulations.
A report is produced by the surveying company, and if there is any asbestos present, then the BBC will arrange to have it removed by a licensed removal contractor.
The asbestos will be fully removed before Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team commences any building work on the property.
The BBC advise anyone that is concerned about asbestos in their home to seek advice from an asbestos specialist.
Likewise, for anyone contemplating a DIY project of their own, it is a good idea to take a look at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website as a first port of call for general advice on DIY asbestos disturbance.
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.
DIY 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 https://www.armco.org.uk/
Alternatively, for all your asbestos training needs call 0161 761 4424 or visit https://www.armcoasbestostraining.co.uk/ for more information or to book a training course.