For those unfamiliar, asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion, and when disturbed, these materials can prove hazardous. Though recognised as a dangerous nuisance by those in the know, and labelled as a dangerous material since the 1970s, many common items still contain traces, especially within buildings constructed prior to the 1980s. When asbestos fibres are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time, so remaining cautious is extremely important. Let the experts at Evans Asbestos provide you further insight into some of the more surprising materials that may contain these fibres.
Knowing the important information before you act on matters is essential. Keep in mind that asbestos fibres are carcinogenic, so any work which could potentially disturb and distribute them requires a survey. Sprayed coatings are one such common material and surface known to contain dangerous fibres, and unfortunately, a tradesperson interacting with sprayed roofing sheets, panels or filler may be vulnerable. Before any work is carried out within your home, an asbestos survey is not only recommended, but often legally required. This keeps any contractors free of risk, for your peace of mind and theirs.
Fire Safety Utilities
As surprising as it is, fire safety utilities may actually be causing you harm in a very different way to the blazes they’re supposed to protect you from. Because asbestos is non-flammable, non-combustible and has an extremely high melting point, it became a popular choice for fireproofing building materials and textiles prior to the 70s and 80s. Asbestos has commonly been found in products for firefighting, construction and home goods since the hazard of this material was well-known, therefore you should exercise caution and enlist an asbestos contractor or team of asbestos experts.
Shockingly enough, vehicle parts have been known to contain asbestos for durability, insulation, heat resistance and fireproofing. Though newer vehicles of course don’t carry any risk, much older vehicle components could potentially carry fibres which are waiting to be disturbed. What may first appear to be scrap, or a useless car component could in fact be a source of deadly fibres, and adequate professionals should be hired to deal with such objects, donning relevant PPE, and aware of current safety regulations.
Perhaps the seemingly unlikeliest source on this list, asbestos fibres were once woven into fabric. This was in order to make textile products that were resistant to heat and corrosion. You shouldn’t expect your oven gloves or aprons to contain such fibres these days, but heat-resistant blankets and electrical cloths manufactured decades ago were regularly containing deadly microfibres, and hardly anyone was aware. Left feeling shocked? Evans Asbestos can carry out a full inspection upon your domestic or business premises, and once the property has been certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ work can commence for removal.
Removing any items or building fixtures containing this harmful material should be top of your agenda, and at Evans Asbestos, our service is available across Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and the surrounding counties. Available immediately for your asbestos disposal in Somerset, Our removal service is quick, safe and thorough, so you have complete peace of mind that you and your family are safe. Contact today for further information.