Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. Asbestos is very strong, flexible and stable, which led to it being used in a wide range of building materials and products between the 1930s and the mid-1980s, most extensively in the 1960s and 1970s. If your home was built or refurbished during this period, it may contain some asbestos material.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases.
If you have concerns about:
- what asbestos is
- where it can be found in your home
- how to avoid any risk to you or your family
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