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Potential Risks from Asbestos at Home & Work

In your home;

Within your home you have various hazards potentially putting you at risk, here are a few areas where you might be at risk;

  • Roof sheets & tiles
  • Guttering and downpipes
  • Roofing felt
  • Wall cladding
  • Soffit boards
  • Window linings
  • Pipe lagging
  • Paper lining
  • Rope seals in boilers
  • Paint
  • Textured coating (Artex)
  • Heater cupboard doors
  • Bath panels
  • Floor tiles
  • Water tanks
  • Heating flues
  • Soil pipes
  • Garage roofs
  • Entire sheds

If you suspect that you potentially might have asbestos in your home, do not panic. Materials containing asbestos that aren’t damaged or tampered with are very likely not to have caused any hazards to you or your family. The best thing to do is to leave the suspected area alone, do not disturb the material and leave it intact. Asbestos containing materials will only contaminate the area if they are disturbed, removed, damaged or tampered with.

This happens when potential risks are cut, sawed, filed, sanded, split, chipped, repaired or even scratched. The best practice is to keep an eye on the suspected area, visually assess whether there’s any damage to any extent be that water damage, a crack or split in the material or any sign of it not being as you would expect it to be.

If you still suspect there to be asbestos or you can see something that just isn’t quite right, section off the area, do not let children, pets or anyone near it. Warn everyone to the hazard and do your best to keep people away from it, especially someone who believes they can assess or help the situation where they aren’t licensed to handle asbestos removal.  Send us an enquiry or call us on 0121 772 7774 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will look after the rest. 


Asbestos risks at work;

When you're at work you are also at potential risk from various hazards, some are as follows;

  • Warehouse roofs
  • Sprayed coatings to beams or ceilings
  • Casings to beams and columns
  • Boiler rooms
  • Paints and textured coatings
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Window panels
  • In fact, almost anywhere you can think of



Here are a few reasons for sampling and testing;

  1. Peace of mind - You would rather be totally sure that you are not at risk than turn a blind eye and put yourself in danger.
  2. It is important if you work in an old building (higher risk group) due to having being constructed in the time asbestos was heavily used in the majority of buildings built between the 50's & the 80's.
  3. Refurbishment work is due to commence on your place of business (high chance of asbestos being released into the air) 
  4. Thinking of demolishing place of business (asbestos release could be very hazardous) This could unleash a whirlwind of fibrous hazards.
  5. Quick and easy process.
  6. It is the duty of the property owner by law to arrange sampling and reporting.


Other Risks;

Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) is a popular form of asbestos in Britain's homes & outbuildings. When testing it has been found that the percentage of asbestos within that material can be as high as 60%, this is an alarmingly high percentage. All variables dependant, it is often found that when the materials structure weakens over time, it eventually leaves its deadly deposits of white dust around it, now this deadly white asbestos dust can become airborne by as something as small as a child running past it, once it is airborne the fibrous hazard gets breathed in by unsuspecting passers by and the deadly fibrous material is permanently stuck to their lungs.

AIB can be found in:

  • Garage ceilings
  • Meter cupboards
  • Soffit boards
  • Pipe boxings
  • Loft spaces
  • Ceilings

Asbestos cement is currently one of the most common forms of asbestos in Britain’s homes and gardens. The asbestos is bonded with cement to create a strong, durable, water resistant material and can be found in:

  • Rainwater goods
  • Roofing materials
  • Boards and shelves
  • Garage ceilings
  • Flowerbeds

It is surprisingly affordable to have asbestos cement removed due to the few requirements needed to complete the job (usually more contained than other types of asbestos removal due to it being held within cement). When having an asbestos contaminated land assessment and its confined to just asbestos cement your application will be rather quick, the health and safety consultants will conduct their land assessment and an asbestos survey will take place, this way they can decide the best way to tackle the problem and adhering to all asbestos regulations.  Having said that it's a speedier job than other asbestos removals, you still need to be a licensed asbestos removal company as all the statutory procedures on removal, containment and destruction must be adhered to whilst consistently working to all health and safety laws.

Interesting fact;

The sale, distribution or production of Asbestos is illegal in the following countries: the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Luxembourg. 


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