Asbestos based products were once very common place and today they may still exist in homes or businesses. Safe asbestos removal and disposal is the solution but some may have been unwittingly exposed to asbestos through their work or at their homes.
When most people think of asbestos and the related illnesses, they immediately think of asbestos in loft insulation and fire retardants and that it affects only those working directly with it. It undoubtedly did affect professionals working with asbestos more greatly but the passive affects of asbestos should never be underestimated.
Asbestos was used more widely than most people think but thanks to increasing awareness, media coverage and significant regulation, asbestos use today is highly regulated and controlled.
When you stop and reflect, it’s not just the asbestos industry that has been regulated fully, but many products and materials have thankfully come under greater scrutiny, as we become more and more health and safety conscious. Some may argue that it is too much of a nanny state, but most readers of this article may well remember the days when lead was thought to be a good additive in paint and we let our children play with mercury maze toys!
Homes and industries across the United Kingdom may still have significant asbestos, in the latter environment there have been significant pushes to remove it, but in the domestic setting there are still asbestos laced products and materials. Asbestos was commonly used to insulate piping and while it has been replaced by modern, non-harmful materials. The danger of asbestos pipe insulation or lagging is that it is still in many lofts or under floors presenting a dormant risk.
Anyone who believes they may have asbestos in their pipe insulation should contact specialist asbestos removal companies to make the location safe again. For many people who worked extensively with asbestos in pipe insulation however, it may be too late to take pre-emptive measures. Repeated exposure to asbestos, prior to awareness of the associated health risks, may be cause of the onset of inexplicable illnesses such as mesothelioma.
If you have worked with asbestos pipe insulation or any other asbestos based materials or products or may be suffering from an asbestos related illness, our team of asbestos compensation solicitors may be able help you receive the money you may be rightfully entitled to. Equally, if you have found traces of asbestos in the home you bought or rent and believe it may have impacted on your health, please call us today on 0800 634 1626. We can quickly find out your eligibility to make a claim and our team of asbestos compensation specialists that are committed to retrieving 100% of your compensation.