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The Main Types of Abestos

February 6, 2017, 9:27 am

Asbestos; Common Types in the UK

  Asbestos is not one material per sa, the term Asbestos is coined for a group on materials all derived from silicate material with naturally occurring long fibres. These fibres have several properties which made them desirable as a building material in the 1950's, the main ones being there resistance to heat, fire and environmental degradation, which make them the perfect building material, but, the double edge of the sword of those properties is their inherent danger to health. Asbestos was banned as a building material finally in the United Kingdom in 1999, with a partial or initial ban being introduced in 1985. 1950 to 1999 is a huge span of time when a massive amount of rebuilding and construction taking place in the Uk. This span of asbestos use has left a huge legacy of unmapped and unquantified toxic material in the public domain, which is not envisioned to be removed in the next 50 years. At safeline, we are looking to make sure that the public is aware of potential dangers of all types of Asbestos, and with this in mind we have listed the groups of the materials used that makes up asbestos group. Asbestos falls into two main groups; The general rule to spot these forms of asbestos is to look for colour and texture. DO NOT REMOVE ANY SUSPECTED ASBESTOS MATERIAL YOURSELF! If you suspect that your property contains asbestos (if built between 1945 to 1999 it will do) then call Safeline for a second opinion and a range of removal options.

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