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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral, there are six in total which have been used in a multitude of products for well over a hundred years Actinolite, Amosite, Anthophyllite, Chrysotile, Crocidolite, and Tremolite.

Chrysotile asbestos and Amosite asbestos are the most commonly used in applications. Asbestos in general is very versatile and is used to provide additional strength to materials such as cement sheets, fascias and soffits, Artex walls and celings, water tanks and floor tiles; insulating and fire proofing characteristics to pipe lagging.

There are three main types of asbestos, these are Amosite, Crocidolite and Chrysotile They are often referred to as brown, blue and white asbestos respectively. It is not as simple as identifying these forms of asbestos by their appearance alone. A sample needs to be taken and a laboratory analysis and report is required.

Asbestos at home

C. Wood and Son are here to give friendly advice and can remove asbestos safely from your home. If your home was built before the year 2000 there could be asbestos present in roofs, flooring, lofts, boilers, airing cupboards and tiles.

Asbestos at home survey

Our asbestos home survey will establish what the risks are. We can then advise you of the available options for removing asbestos or managing asbestos safely.

We can safely help with:

Asbestos roofing
Asbestos tile removal
Asbestos flooring
Asbestos garages

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Additional information regarding asbestos can be gained from the government portal: www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos

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Asbestos fibres and the body

Asbestos fibres can enter the body whilst inhaling (breathing) through the nose and mouth. The fibres can’t be absorbed through your skin into the body. The body naturally gets rid of any asbestos fibres that you might take in with food and water. Repeated exposure to asbestos can lead to larger amounts of fibres being retained in the body which can pass into the lung which can be extremely harmful.

Repeated exposures can lead to life threatening lung diseases. As a result it is extremely important that the control and exposure is maintained throughout. The internal damage to the body is not immediate and takes time to develop. However, once diagnosed, in most instances it is too late to do anything. Therefore careful management and disposal is paramount for the safety of your workforce and the general public. There is a duty of care for all parties to ensure the safety of all.

Is asbestos dangerous?

All forms of asbestos are considered to be carcinogenic – the potential to cause cancer, so yes asbestos is very dangerous especially more so today. Inhaling asbestos fibres can lead to the development of one of three fatal diseases:

Asbestosis – this is the scaring of the lung. Over time this results in breathing difficulties. This type of disease occurs over a longer period of time due to excessive exposure to the fibres.

Lung cancer – this has the same appearance as lung cancer that is caused by smoking. Mesothelioma – this is a cancer of the lining around the lungs (pleura) and within the stomach in the lower digestive tract. This is known as peritoneum.

There is no cure for asbestos-related diseases, so is considered to be fatal. In the UK it accounts for 5000 deaths, which is more than the number of road casualties. It is when the asbestos is disturbed that results in the fibres being released into the air

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