Absestos was first discovered thousands of years ago when people realised that it had amazing insulating properties when added to the clay used for making their pots. Gradually over time more and more applications were discovered and in the late 19th century and early 20th century large scale mining began to take advantage of this versatile material.
As a result asbestos was incorporated into many different building materials and products that needed insulation, but concerns were already being raised about its impact on health even before mass production started.
Houses built before 1999 may contain building materials containing asbestos, particularly insulation and roofing materials, so it is essential that when undertaking repairs or renovations on your property you choose an experienced and skilled tradesperson who will follow all the correct procedures for removal and disposal of any asbestos found.
Asbestos if contained does not represent a threat to health, the problems arise when the material is damaged, broken, torn or cut. This allows the tiny fibres to escape into the air, these can then be breathed in which can lead to chronic lung disease. It is a fact that the biggest danger construction workers face is that posed by asbestos removal.
Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, although other countries had taken action earlier and a worldwide ban was introduced in 2003. For more information on asbestos removal and Flat roof repairs in Oxford .