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Asbestos was only fully banned from use in 1999, so if your premises were built or refurbished  before then, there is a possibility that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) could be present. Refurbishments after 1999 and work using imported materials could also contain ACMs.

 When work with asbestos or which may disturb asbestos is being carried   out, the Asbestos Regulations require employers and the self-employed to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres.

· What is Asbestos

 Asbestos is a group of microscopic natural minerals that divisible into   millions of very fine fibres which are naturally fire resistant and flexible there are 3 main types of fibres, chrysotile (white), amosite (brown), and  crocidolite (blue).. It is this ability to brake down to microscopic level that makes asbestos so dangerous.  Usually there are other materials present which prevent the asbestos particles from being released into the air. However, when these materials become damaged, the danger becomes very real.

· There is no safe level of exposure when it comes to asbestos. Quite simply, the more exposure you have, the greater the risk of long term health problems.

· One of the common diseases from asbestos is Asbestosis. This is common amongst workers who manufacture products containing asbestos, or work within areas containing loose or damaged asbestos.






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