Industrial disease Lawyer, Dominic Smith, from Slater and Gordon, says many home decorating enthusiasts are still ignoring asbestos risk when carrying out DIY jobs at home.
Many people are still unaware of the dangers when it comes to asbestos.
They will drill into a wall without even thinking about it.
If your home was built before the year 2000 and you are planning on doing any DIY jobs such as drilling into walls, then it is essential that you have an asbestos survey carried out on your home.
Slater and Gordon carried out some research into the matter and discovered that almost half of homeowners and DIY enthusiasts are not concerned about the health risks associated with asbestos.
Although asbestos is safe if left alone, it becomes dangerous when disturbed.
The research found that 45 per cent of people interviewed would have no hesitation in drilling into a wall.
Another 49 per cent would be happy to remove tiles, do plastering or wallpapering.
Of those people who took part in the research, only six per cent had had an asbestos survey carried out on their home.
The inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to many different health problems.
Mesothelioma cancer is the biggest killer and has no cure.
The symptoms can take decades to materialise following exposure to asbestos, and once diagnosed the patient has a very short life expectancy.
Very few patients live beyond two years following diagnosis.
And yet there are still many people completely unaware of the risks concerning asbestos.
People need to be educated and be made aware of the risks, especially with more and more people taking up DIY.
So don’t take the risk. If in any doubt, consult an asbestos specialist and arrange to have an asbestos survey done on your home.
At Armco Asbestos Surveys we can help you with this. Give us a call for advice at any time and we’ll be happy to help. Tel 0161 763 3727.
If you want to find out more about asbestos in the home and how to dispose of it, please visit the following link https://www.gov.uk/asbestos-in-home
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/
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