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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Hidden Asbestos Dangers In Floor Tiles

Asbestos was once commonly used in floor tiles but since the late 1970s it has become less common. Floor tiles are still however present in many locations and tile fitters may have unwittingly become exposed to asbestos.

Think of asbestos and we think of loft insulation and other building materials. Think further about those that are most affected by asbestos related diseases, and we all probably reach the conclusion that it is those in the building trade and industrial sectors that are most affected.

That conclusion is largely right, the majority of asbestos related illnesses are from those that come into direct contact with asbestos through work, but there are cases of individuals being exposed to asbestos in the domestic setting.

When, how and where people come into contact with asbestos is harder to identify. Many who have the misfortune to have an asbestos related illness may find it hard to pin down exactly where they came into contact with asbestos and one area that is often overlooked is the level of asbestos that was present in some floor tiles.

Floor tiles were commonly made with asbestos until the late 1970s and where these floor tiles are still present in homes, the ageing process and degradation over time may have damaged the floor tiles, resulting in a release of airborne asbestos fibres. It is these fibres that are most associated with health risks.

Floor tile fitters in particular may have been exposed to asbestos, as at the time, there was little if any awareness of the hidden dangers of asbestos. There was an equal void in the provision of personal protective equipment that is largely used today by anyone dealing with, or potentially exposed, to asbestos.

Laying tiles always results in a few broken tiles and often needs tiles to be cut either manually or by machine. This is where the highest risk of asbestos fibres being release exists as cutting tiles always results in dust that is released.

If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos through floor tiling please call us to speak to our specialist team in asbestos claims. You may be eligible to compensation for your asbestos exposure or the onset of an asbestos related illness.


  1. The related illnesses from asbestos is enough risk to not get tiles- however cheap- which contains it.
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  2. Guess Wall tiles people are still unaware about the cost savings that can be made by using ceramic tiles for their roofs. One thing for a fact is that these cost pennies if sourced from China. You do not necessarily need the fancy ones to make your house watertight.

  3. It should be safety first and saving cost after.

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  4. Living in homes that contain asbestos floor tiles does not mean that you are immediately at risk. But when these tiles were to be broken when removed, that asbestos could easily become airborne. The tiles will need to be removed by hand, and very carefully.

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  5. Avoiding the asbestos in tiles you can get the best flooring services with quality ceramic tiles then you can easily evade with asbestos.

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