15 Jul 2019
If you’re about to carry out some home renovations, you have to ask yourself one question - “Is my home likely to contain asbestos?” The fact is that asbestos companies are extremely busy these days carrying out asbestos surveys, asbestos removal and asbestos disposal all the way across the world. That’s because before its banning at the end of the 20th century, it was a widely used construction material and any property built or even renovated during that time is still likely to contain it.
Where Might it be Lurking?
Asbestos regulations now prevent the use of the highly carcinogenic material in construction, but where might said asbestos be lurking? Well, many products were used containing bonded asbestos during the 80s, like fibro sheeting which comes either as in flat or corrugated form and it can be found around pipes, in guttering and roofing. This means that if you’re unsure about whether it’s present or not, you really shouldn’t take any chances.
Under absolutely no circumstances should you attempt to remove anything that you suspect might be asbestos, as if anyone who doesn’t know how to remove asbestos properly does so, extremely harmful fibres can be released and inhaled. Your first task should be to contact an approved, qualified asbestos abatement professional who will be able to fully assess any risks that are present.
Trust in the Professionals
If you become exposed to airborne asbestos fibres, even once, you have an extremely high chance of developing an aggressive form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. Around 90,000 people each year die from asbestos-related cancer around the world and as the condition can lay dormant for decades, the number affected could be much, much higher.
If in any doubt at all, you should contact an expert firm like ours to come and deal with the situation for you. For the sake of the health of everyone in the vicinity, it’s the only sensible course of action.
If you’d like to know more about anything discussed here, you can find out lots of useful information on the subject at our website www.ohss.ie. If however, you’d like to talk to one of the OHSS Safety Consultants team, you can do so by calling us on (01) 6905907.