29th January 2016
Asbestos needs to be handled with extreme care which is why the then Labour government outlawed its use back in 1999.
Prior to this decision, asbestos was a commonly utilised building material from the 1950s, mostly for insulation or fireproofing in products like garage roof tiles. It can still be found in many present buildings. The reasoning for banning its usage was because frequent exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of its fibres can have serious implications on health. Mesothelioma and lung cancer are just two of several diseases linked to white, brown and blue asbestos which in some cases do not manifest themselves in people until several years after the initial exposure took place.
It goes without saying then that the demolishing of any building potentially containing asbestos needs to be conducted with military-like precision, particularly to avoid disrupting any old asbestos as it can release harmful fibres into the air.
Hughes and Salvidge have long-standing experience in handling asbestos and ensuring that it is removed and disposed of safely before the commencement of demolition.
Leave any asbestos in the hands of the asbestos experts, Hughes and Salvidge. Contact us today for assistance.
Article By Will Spong
Will has been a Business Development Executive at Hughes and Salvidge since 2016. He has worked on tenders for the UK Government, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and the Ministry of Defence.More article by Will Spong