When it comes to asbestos, a person is most vulnerable when:
- They are carrying out work on a site which is not known to them very well.
- The premises on which the person is working was erected prior to the year 2000.
- Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) were not looked for and identified prior to any work commencing.
- Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s) were noticed however the correct information was not communicated with the people carrying out the work.
- A person is not educated on how to correctly and safely deal with the removal, surveying and disposal of asbestos
- A person does know how to treat asbestos safely but takes shortcuts to either save time or money, or because no-one else on site is taking the proper precautions.
It is rare that asbestos is a major threat if it is left undamaged or undisturbed, or if it is in a location in which it is unlikely to be damaged.
Always remember that it is impossible to actually see asbestos fibres in the air and neither will they carry any odour. The damaging effects of breathing in asbestos fibres take years to become apparent.
Smokers or cigarettes are at an increased risk. Only when asbestos fibres become airborne is there a danger.