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Asbestos Fact Sheet

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Asbestos is a hidden killer so read our asbestos fact sheet so that you, your workmates, your friends and your family are better protected and aware.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material for many years. It was found to be very good fire retardant and in the past it has been used as an insulator as it has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion.

It can be difficult to tell if you are or have been working with asbestos as it is often mixed with other materials and sometimes had been woven into materials or mixed with water to form a paste sometimes not being called in the workplace as asbestos but known as something else or its presence not discussed at all. However, if you work in an older building, it’s likely that some parts of the building will contain asbestos.

Common places for asbestos to hide:

  1. Ceiling tiles
  2. Pipe insulation/lagging
  3. Boilers
  4. Sprayed coatings
  5. Asbestos cement sheeting
  6. Board around windows, radiators, fireplaces, building columns and pillars
  7. Soffit boards
  8. Textured coatings
  9. Inside fire doors
  10. Gaskets and sealants on pipe joints
  11. Fuse boxes and electrical switchgear

What are the risks from Asbestos?

Across Britain alone, more than 40,000 people have died from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma since the late 1960s – and the numbers dying are increasing.

Latest annual figures show that 2,249 people died from the disease in 2008 alone, up over three per cent on the previous year. Mesothelioma deaths will continue to rise for the next few years it is believed.

The vast majority of those now suffering with asbestos-related illnesses were exposed to asbestos in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

Click here to find out more details on the illnesses sometimes caused by asbestos

If you need advice on making an asbestos related health claim call Hattons Solicitors on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the Claim Form located to the right of this screen and we’ll call you back.

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