22 Aug 2018
With many residential and commercial properties in Ireland still known to contain asbestos, it’s important that when someone comes across any, they know what to do - for the sake of their health and everyone in the locality. Asbestos companies are very busy right now and that’s because asbestos abatement expertise is required to manage the vast amounts of this hazardous and sometimes deadly substance that still exist in buildings across Ireland in way that keeps everyone safe.
So, what do you do if you find some?
In homes built between the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the nineties, asbestos was a commonly used building material, with a number of different uses. It was used to insulate central heating pipes, as part of ceiling finishes, bath panels….and well, the list goes on.
If you are about to embark on any kind of home or business premises that fits the profile of the buildings mentioned above, we would seriously recommend having the area checked by an asbestos disposal professional for the presence of any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs).
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Asbestos regulations in Ireland are extremely strict and they state that if any ACMs are found in situ and in good condition, that they should be left in place until such time as appropriately qualified professional asbestos removal specialist can be employed to perform the task safely.
As is being seen more and more often in the news, historical cases where workers are developing an aggressive type of lung cancer called mesothelioma, sometimes 20 or 30 years after they were first exposed - illustrating how dangerous breathing in its airborne particles are.
If you’re not sure about whether you have any in your home or place of work (which is a possibility, as there are many non ACMs that look just like asbestos), we strongly suggest you give us a call on 01 6905907 and talk to one of our expert team who will be able to talk to you about asbestos surveys and the protection they provide.
If you would like to know more about the dangers of asbestos, you can find lots of information on our website www.ohss.ie and if you take one thing away from reading this blog, it should be that you don’t mess around when you suspect asbestos to be present.
In this scenario, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.