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Monday, 17 January 2011

Monday, 17 January 2011

Asbestos in your Home

Beware of Asbestos in your Home

If your house was built before the year 2000 there may have been asbestos materials used in pipe insulations, ceilings heating systems or even the floor.

Asbestos was used in building homes extensively between 1950 and right through to the mid 1980s and can still be found in many homes or outside in guttering and rainwater pipes, garage and shed roofs, in the lining cavities of walls, ceilings and doors. It is found in insulation panels and storage heaters, between bath panels, central heating flues and even occasionally loose asbestos packing between floors and partition walls.

Even items you might wear in your home and have never thought of as potentially dangerous such as an ironing board or oven gloves may contain asbestos fabric. Up until the mid 1980s artex and decorative ceilings and wall coatings contained chrysotile.

If you are intending to sand down an artex ceiling or wall it is important to take proper precautions and ensure that if your home was built during the 1950s and 1980s that you employ a regulated contractor to ensure its removed in a controlled way.

If you are worried about asbestos in your home or business we recommend that you read the Health and Safety Executive published guidelines which give help on how to identify asbestos and how to arrange for it to be removed safely.

Please remember that even forms of asbestos that were once publicised as being “safe” are now known to be highly dangerous. Even white asbestos, chrysotile, is known to cause cancer and there is no safe dose.

If you have worked with asbestos in the past and are suffering from disease or illness caused by asbestos and would like legal advice please contact us on 0808 129 3320. We support a world wide ban on asbestos.

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Emma is Head of the Asbetsos Disease and Illness Team at Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors who specialise in helping victims and their families gain compensation for asbestos related illnesses.