Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the 1950's to early 80's.
It was used for a variety of purposes and was ideal for fireproofing and insulation. Any building built before 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) can contain asbestos. Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.
Asbestos can be found in the following common materials manufactured before the late 80's:
- Roofing tiles and sheets
- Wall and ceiling linings
- Boiler vessels and pipework (insulation)
- Flooring materials
It is difficult to determine the presence of asbestos by eye and the only sure way of knowing is asbestos is present in a product is through testing. Generally any material that remains in a sound condition and is not being disturbed will not pose a risk. If you suspect that a product contains asbestos and is showing signs of wear or deterioration then you should seek specialist advice regarding testing. Ceredigion County Council do not offer this facility. Any contractor who works with asbestos should be licenced with the Health and Safety Executive if the job will take more than 2 hours.
For more information see the Health and Safety Executive website.