Asbestos labelIf you work in, or have to carry out work in, an existing building, particularly one built or refurbished before 1980, treat any insulation or insulating board, etc., as asbestos and follow this guidance

Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases, mainly cancers of the lungs and chest lining.

Asbestos is only a risk to health if asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Some asbestos containing materials are more vulnerable to damage and more likely to give off fibres than others.

In general, the materials that contain a high percentage of asbestos are more easily damaged. The list below is roughly in order of ease of fibre release.

The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations require you to manage the risk from asbestos.

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