This poster is focused on asbestos safety on residential sites.
Whether you are a worker, landlord, employer or person responsible for building maintenance, you should be aware of where asbestos can be found in buildings. You need to protect yourself and others.
Asbestos can be hidden in a building which makes it important to know where the common locations are, for example:
- lagging on plant and pipework
- insulation products such as fireproof panels
- asbestos cement roofing material
Asbestos can be present today in any building built or refurbished before 2000.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When people inhale these fibres they can cause serious diseases which cannot be cured. The most common diseases caused by asbestos are:
- asbestos-related lung cancer