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5 crucial questions about asbestos

Before you wade into the DIY this weekend, get the answer to these 5 crucial questions about asbestos. It could be the most important five minutes of your life. 1 What is asbestos?  This hazardous material was regularly used in buildings from the 1950s until the late 1990s, especially for fireproofing and insulation. If disturbed, it can be a killer.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that became a popular building material in the 1950s. It is still found in many buildings, including hospitals, schools and homes.

Asbestos was widely used as an insulation and fire proofing solution. In particular, it found its way into products like ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, sprayed coatings and garage roof tiles.

Inhaling loose asbestos fibres is known to cause several serious and even fatal lung diseases. So there was no surprise when it was finally banned in 1999.

It is common to find asbestos in your home. But happily, in most cases, there's nothing to worry abou…

Asbestos Health Risks

Asbestos can cause serious diseases that are responsible for around 4,000 deaths every year (source: HSE site). Since it can take anywhere from 15 to 60 years for the symptoms to develop, it will not affect you immediately – but may do later in life.
However, once diagnosed, it’s often too late to do anything. So you need to get the facts to protect you and your family before you start your DIY project.
Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the ‘mesothelium’ – a thin lining in your chest and abdomen. Even low levels of exposure to asbestos can cause it and unfortunately the disease is incurable. Asbestos-related lung cancer Like smoking, exposure to asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer. It develops in the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. It can grow within the lung and it can spread outside the lung. Asbestosis A serious type of scarring in the lung caused by high levels of exposure to asbestos fibres. The scarring causes the lungs to shrink, result…