The Many Hazards of Asbestos

9 Aug 2017

The Many Hazards of Asbestos

When it comes to this asbestos, there are some common misconceptions which can actually be dangerous considering the dangerous nature of the material we are dealing with.


Where is it found? - Before the 1980s, asbestos was widely used as insulation in some homes but mainly in factories and office buildings. Asbestos was also used in cement products and as a spray coating for insulation and fire protection.


Why is it dangerous?

Once asbestos is disturbed and the fibres are released into the air, they become a danger to human health. Once exposed to asbestos fibres have been know to cause a multitude of health problems. Health issues attribute to asbestos exposure include mesothelioma, pleural plaque, pleural disease, and ovarian/laryngeal cancer.


As asbestos use was widespread in both buildings and in a number of building products in the past,  so today, when working on these buildings, for example knocking down walls  or say disturbing the material during maintenance, this can cause a situationw where asbestos fibres can be released into the air and this is where the danger occurs.


How to deal with asbestos? – If you suspect that a building may contain asbestos, then before conducting any renovations or maintenance, you must have an asbestos survey from a trusted company.

  • Why you should work with OHSS?
    OHSS is accredited to ISO17020 (Surveying for Asbestos in Premises and Risk Assessments) and ISO17025 (Analysis of Asbestos in Bulk Materials). This means that our survey methods, analysis, quality management system and report format conform to the highest quality standards available.


  • OHSS are leading experts in Ireland in asbestos surveying.  We undertake inspection surveys of asbestos in buildings, and analyse asbestos in materials in accordance with legislation.

  • We are experts on the legislation and guidelines surrounding ‘best practice’ in carrying out a survey for asbestos and assessing risk caused by its presence.