Asbestos Questions & Answers – Asbestos Surveyors Northern Ireland
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a disease of the lungs linked to Asbestos. It is commonly diagnosed in men and women who worked with asbestos. Asbestos is also linked to asbestosis, pleural thickening and other cancers.
Is It Dangerous to Touch Asbestos?
Asbestos causes serious damage through inhalation. Touching asbestos does no harm but if by touching it, you disturb it and release deadly fibers, that’s when you need to worry. It’s best left alone.
Is Asbestos Banned?
Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 but it’s use still continued most likely to use up remaining stocks. Some tradesmen / women may have continued use in some circumstances after the ban.
Is There Different Types of Asbestos?
There are around 6 types of asbestos although only 3 of these were commonly used in Northern Ireland. They are Chrysotile, Amosite and Crocidolite. In the trade they were referred to as white, brown and blue asbestos.
How Do I Know if A Building Contains Asbestos?
Any building constructed before the year 2000 can contain asbestos. There is a myth that very old properties don’t contain asbestos but asbestos may have been introduced during refurbishments.
The only way to know for sure is to have an asbestos survey carried out. We can help. Our surveyors work across Northern Ireland and provide a full written report on each surveyed property.
Our team of professional asbestos surveyors can help you get an asbestos register in place so that asbestos related issues are avoided.