Who is at risk from asbestos?
Prolonged asbestos exposure is highly life-threatening and leads to debilitating symptoms ranging from severe to fatal. Although banned in 1999 due to asbestos risk, it is still present in many buildings due to its wide use throughout construction during the 1900s among roofing, tiles, insulation and many other areas.
When disturbed by refurbishment, construction or demolition, hazardous fibres are released into the air to be inhaled by unsuspecting victims and potentially causing damage to the lungs. Sadly, most workers who were exposed to the dangerous material were not aware of the dangers faced and did not have appropriate safety gear and measures in place to combat it.
Many people in construction have been affected, but many other trade centric workers have been affected including electricians, plumbers, heating/ventilation and boiler operators.
It is not just people who work on buildings that are affected by asbestos-related illness. Miners, mechanics, railroad, and shipyard workers have all found themselves exposed, and demolition workers place high among those seriously affected.
As asbestos has been banned from use in the 21st century, there has been a decline in cases of asbestosis. This has been due to professional asbestos services undertaking the asbestos testing and safe removal of the hazardous material as a law requirement, with those choosing to forgo the use of a professional services facing severe fines and even imprisonment.
Even though asbestos is no longer in construction or the development of buildings, it is still important to take care in the prevention of exposure to it. Older buildings still contain the material and there is a risk of it being disturbed through any kind of refurbishment, demolition or repair.
If you are concerned about the potential of disturbed or undisturbed asbestos risk-containing materials (ACMs) within your home or business, you will need to seek the advice and experience of asbestos removal in South Manchester.
If you are planning any renovation or demolition within the immediate future, an asbestos survey will need to be undertaken by a professional to cover yourselves and prepare for the safe removal - which cannot be undertaken by yourself unless you are a certified expert in asbestos services.
Even slightly damaged ACMs require dealing with appropriately by a professional.
Considering that there is no cure for asbestosis, it is even more important to provide you and everyone around you with the best of safety. Contact the team at Grosvenor Asbestos Solutions today for professional asbestos removal in South Manchester.