Fibre Safe Asbestos Surveys Liverpool

The construction industry has witnessed numerous innovations and materials over the years. Two such materials, Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and asbestos, have been in recent headline news due to their implications on health and safety, especially in educational institutions.

When Was Asbestos Banned in the UK?

Once extensively used across the UK in all sorts of applications and industries, asbestos is now recognised as an incredibly hazardous substance. The impact of its widespread use are stark, with approximately 5,000 asbestos-related deaths reported annually in the UK. Given the extremely high danger and risks of asbestos, stringent laws and regulations have been placed on the substance. 

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When was asbestos banned in the UK?

Asbestos was fully banned in November 1999 in the UK.

With that date in mind, many people tend to round up and use a cut off date of the year 2000. Anything built or refurbished before then, could be at risk. Anything in the year 2000 and after, is considered safe.

From late November 1999 in the UK it was made illegal to buy, sell, import or export any materials containing asbestos.

The first asbestos bans were introduced in the UK in 1985, banning the import and use of blue (crocidolite) and brown (amosite) asbestos. But it wasn’t until 1999 that all types of asbestos, including white asbestos, became completely prohibited.

When was blue asbestos banned in the UK?

Blue asbestos, or crocidolite asbestos, was banned in 1985.

When was Brown asbestos banned in the UK?

Brown asbestos, or amosite asbestos, was banned in 1985.

When was white asbestos banned in the UK?

White asbestos, or chrisotyle asbestos, was banned in 1999.

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When was asbestos banned in artex?

Artex textured decorative ceiling and wall coatings, contained asbestos, and can still be found on the walls and ceilings of many houses and buildings across the UK today.

Most manufacturers stopped the use of asbestos within their products around 1983, but there can be no guarantee that imported products might have contained asbestos, or artex used from stocks manufactured prior to that ban, and before the full ban in 1999.

The only safe approach is to have the material artex tested for asbestos.

When was asbestos banned in boilers in the UK?

Asbestos was commonly used in boilers, until it was banned from use in boiler manufacture in 1984.

Several pre-1984 boiler models are still regularly found in use today. The problem with these older boilers is the degrading seals made with asbestos. These seals are fragile and disintegrate when disturbed, shedding asbestos fibres into the room.

Asbestos is also found in many other heating appliances around the house & workplace, more info here.

When was AIB banned in the UK?

Asbestos Insulating Board, or AIB, was banned in late 1999.

Asbestos has good insulating properties against fire, heat, and sound, and through AIB, it was a popular building material, used widely in the 1960s and 1970s, but had continued use up until the full ban in 1999. As a result, it’s still very commonly found in buildings built or refurbished during that time.

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Why is asbestos still a problem if it was banned so long ago?

Even though asbestos was fully banned in the UK in 1999, asbestos still remains a problem.There are still huge numbers of buildings in the UK containing asbestos, and any disturbance of the material can release these fibres into the atmosphere, and be inhaled or ingested, leading to long term future health risks. An asbestos survey is usually necessary to determine whether asbestos is present.

Contact Fibre Safe Today

If you require an asbestos management survey, or you would like your company to enrol on our training course: Regulation 4 Duty to Manage Asbestos, contact our team on 0800 458 4136 or fill out the contact form on: https://fibresafe.com/contact/.

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