What Is Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, mined extensively and utilised due to its insulating and fire resistant properties throughout buildings both domestic & industrial as far back as the 1800's. Asbestos does not burn or degenerate, it provides insulation from noise, cold and heat. Asbestos is virtually indestructible – the only way to safely dispose of asbestos once removed is to contain it in secure landfill sites.

Asbestos has commonly been used in the following products:

  • Asbestos Insulation Board (found commonly in attics, and as dividing walls between garages and houses used as firebreaks)

  • Asbestos Thermal Insulation (lagging used on heating pipes from boilers)

  • Asbestos Rope Seals (seals on old range cookers and boilers)

  • Asbestos corrugated sheeting (roofing on houses, warehousing and factories)

  • Asbestos containing vinyl floor tiles as well as the underlying adhesive/bitumen

  • Asbestos toilet seats & cisterns

  • Asbestos containing roof slates

  • Many other products and applications

Should asbestos products be in good condition (undamaged) and undisturbed, fibre release should not occur. It should be recognised that every day thousands of people are at risk by working on buildings and dwellings where asbestos is still present. If the building is dated pre 2000, asbestos products could be present. Should you be aware that asbestos is present there is a legal requirement to manage the asbestos in the premises, should you not be removing it. Please see the guidelines issued by the Health & Safety Authority.