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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral which was commonly used in buildings and as fire proofing from the 1950s to the mid-1980s.

If asbestos has been disturbed or damaged it must be made safe immediately.

Health risks

When fibres from damaged or disturbed asbestos are inhaled into the lungs, there is a risk of developing serious or even fatal diseases.

Where is asbestos found?

Asbestos can be found in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

For more information about where asbestos can be found, go to Health and Safety Executive: Where can you find asbestos?.

Dealing with asbestos


What to do if you think you have asbestos in your home:

Asbestos in your home

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