The Dangers of Asbestos in Roofs
Asbestos is one of the most dangerous substances in the world and can cause devastating effects to those who inhale it. It was only a few decades ago that asbestos was actually phased out of use in construction, so some homes and buildings in the UK still contain it. In this case, it’s important that you remove it as soon as possible.
While asbestos in good condition isn’t harmful, it is when damaged. This could be through cutting, ripping or deterioration. After this happens, the particles of asbestos can enter the respiratory system of any person in the property, causing issues such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. These conditions can be fatal.
In some cases and with some specific types of asbestos, if it is in a building and still in mint condition, it’s recommended to simply leave it there as removing it could cause more fibres to distribute into the environment. Due to its strength and durability, asbestos was often used in roofs.
Whether you know you have asbestos and need it assessed or you know your building was erected around the time of use but you aren’t sure if it consists of asbestos, it’s highly recommended to have it checked out. If not, there could be health implications further down the line. To do this, you’ll need a professional testing company who can offer you guidance in the event of asbestos.
We are the leading name in asbestos surveys, testing, analysis, management and training, offering impartial and practical advice in all matters. We are UKAS accredited and work to strict guideline, ensuring extremely high standards at all times. If you require asbestos surveys in Northern Ireland, we’re the people to call.