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Asbestos – once hailed as a “miracle” substance by the construction industry

Asbestos – once hailed as a “miracle” substance by the construction industry – was used for insulation and fireproofing for most of the 20th Century.

Though the dangers of asbestos were first noted by ancient Greeks and Romans, who noticed that it damaged the lungs of slaves who wove it into cloth, it was 1969 before the first UK asbestos regulations came in. And it was 2006 before The Control of Asbestos Regulations brought together all previous sets of regulations to cover the prohibition of the substance. The current regulations were updated in 2012.

Asbestos is now the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. About 5,000 workers a year – including 20 tradesmen every week – are dying because of previous exposure to asbestos.

People removing asbestos safely When disturbed, asbestos fibres are inhaled, which is how they damage the lungs
The effects are showing no signs of slowing. The most recent figures from the Health and Safety Executive predict UK cases of mesothelioma will not start to decline until 2020.

Mesothelioma is not the only disease caused by asbestos. Asbestos-induced lung cancer kills nearly as many people every year. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause asbestosis, a chronic lung condition caused by scarring of the lungs.

And workers are still being diagnosed with pleural plaques and diffuse pleural thickening – two more lung conditions associated with asbestos exposure.

Graph Contract Services– We have over 25 years hands-on experience of working with asbestos in both residential & commercial premises. We offer free impartial advice based upon our years of experience.  Asbestos awareness can save lives!

If you need an asbestos survey, or a need a material sampling & analysing for asbestos, please contact Graph Contract Services on 07802 455049. We carry out asbestos sampling, asbestos management surveys, asbestos refurbishment surveys, asbestos demolition surveys, asbestos inspections, asbestos management of asbestos in domestic & non-domestic properties.

We work both local and nationally, having recently carried out asbestos surveys in Bristol, London, Manchester, Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax,

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Published Nov 19, 2014
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Graph Contract Services Ltd, 52 Wrenthorpe Lane, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, WF2 0PT. Tel: 07802 455049.

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