Identifying Abestos in your Workplace

It is possible that any building built before the year 2000 may contain asbestos however by now all buildings should have had some form of asbestos survey and should also have implemented an asbestos management plan on how to deal with any asbestos found.

Asbestos can be found in all kinds of buildings including hospitals, shopping centres, offices, schools, airports, train stations and docks to name just a few. It is likely that any building built pre 1999 will contain some form of asbestos product but the most likely of places are:

The main places where asbestos is found in the workplace:

  • Artex Ceilings & Walls
  • Internal Wall Partitions
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Heating Cupboards
  • Floor Tiles
  • Pipe Lagging
  • Soffits
  • Fascia
  • Boiler Houses
  • Electrics
  • Toilet Cisterns
  • Stair Nosing
If there is asbestos in your place of work the asbestos management plan should have taken into account a risk assessment which will deal with any potential risks associated with asbestos and should highlight the requirement for action should it need to be taken.
Fibre Safe worker in the factory

In simple terms, if the building has asbestos it should now have been dealt with and should not pose any danger to the occupants of the building.