Have You Got Asbestos in Your Home?
What does asbestos look like – You must know how to identify asbestos to keep safe from exposure.
Asbestos can take many different forms.
The UK used it throughout the 20th century (and even before then).
Builders used asbestos as a common ingredient in several types of building materials.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral.
Asbestos is mined out of the ground in a similar process as commonly mined minerals such as coal.
Once out of the ground, the asbestos is crushed to release the fibres.
The fibres break down the length of the fibre, which means they get thinner and thinner.
The raw asbestos fibre was then added to thousands of materials.
It’s estimated that approximately 3,600 different asbestos products have been created.
Textured coatings – 3-5% Chrysotile mixed with coatings.
Artex was usually applied to walls and ceilings, but maybe found on any surface.
Textured decorative coating (artex) is considered a low risk asbestos product
The HSE asbestos essentials website includes a number of task sheets which will show you how to safely carry out non-licensed work on asbestos cement products.
Floor Tiles, Textiles and Composites
Asbestos floor tiles were once a popular choice for
flooring, and you will often find old asbestos floor tiles hidden under carpets.
Textiles can be found in fuse boxes behind the actual fuse.
Old fire blankets and heat resistant Gloves can also be made out of asbestos textiles.
Asbestos composites can be toilet cisterns and seats, window sills and bath panels.
Asbestos paper was used for lining under tiles and inside metal cladding.
You can find asbestos cement in many places inside and
outside buildings such as:
Downpipes and Gutters