DIY enthusiasts and decorators could be putting themselves at risk of asbestos poisoning
The law firm Slater and Gordon recently compiled a report after surveying 2,098 Brits, showing that 48% of them were not concerned about the health risks when carrying out home improvements.
Slater and Gordon, which deals with asbestos claims, has warned that many DIY tasks, such as drilling, sawing, painting and sanding, could expose people to deadly asbestos.
Asbestos has less chance of causing mesothelioma or asbestosis when the fibres are left undisturbed, but nudging them or creating holes in walls where asbestos might be present can release microscopic fibres that could be inhaled and harboured in people’s lungs for years.
Asbestos was once widely used
Although the use of asbestos in the UK was banned in 1999 on account of the substance’s harmful nature, many schools, council buildings and residential properties may still contain the material within their walls.
Asbestos was used liberally throughout the country in construction for insulation and as a means of deterring fire, which is why the risk of it still existing in homes is so high. Despite the risks, many people do not consider the presence of asbestos in their homes when performing DIY tasks that may release dangerous fibres into the air.
The research carried out by Slater and Gordon found that 73% of the survey’s participants were living in houses that were 30 years or more old, but that only 6% had carried out an asbestos survey before doing their work.
Get your property surveyed before you work on it
One simple mistake when putting up a shelf or even drilling in a screw could lead to mesothelioma years down the line, which remains a terminal form of cancer.
This doesn’t need to be the case, however. Homeowners can still perform the home renovations that they wish to make, but before they do so, they are advised to make sure their property is surveyed properly for the presence of asbestos.
Trident Asbestos Solutions can perform comprehensive surveying for your property, offer site audits for asbestos removal contractors and help make the asbestos removal process much simpler. To learn more about our services or book a quote, please get in touch with us today.