Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that was widely used in construction and across many other industries until it was banned in the UK in 1999. However, while many people know that it is a dangerous substance, there are also many myths about it that can muddy the waters and create confusion.
Here we take a look at three of the most commonly held myths about asbestos, and present the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Some types of asbestos are safe
There are a number of different types of asbestos, and these types have slightly different properties. However, it is also true that all forms of asbestos are banned from use in the UK. This includes white asbestos, which was not banned until 1999. Some types of asbestos such as blue and brown are considered to be more dangerous, however all forms are carcinogenic.
Myth #2: Modern properties cannot contain asbestos
Many people believe that asbestos has been banned for much longer than it has been. In fact, asbestos was still commonly in use until 1999. This means that if your property was built before 1999 it could contain asbestos somewhere.
Myth #3: Asbestos should be removed as soon as possible
Some people believe that the safest thing to do if they find asbestos in their property is to remove it as soon as possible. However, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, if the asbestos is in good condition then it may not pose a risk to health. In all scenarios, the best course of action if you find asbestos is to have an asbestos survey carried out by experienced professionals.
If you want to learn more about asbestos and where it could be lurking in your home or business, contact Crucial Environmental today. We are asbestos specialists with years of experience in conducting asbestos surveys, as well as removal and more.