Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s. It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep out cold), has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion.
Because asbestos is often mixed with another material, it’s hard to know if you’re working with it or not. But, if you work in a building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc), it’s likely that some parts of the building will contain asbestos.
Asbestos is found in many products used in buildings, including ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers and sprayed coatings.
Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.
Click on the link below to visit the Health and Safety Executive website to see a useful drawing showing where asbestos could be found in the home.