Breathing in air containing asbestos fibres can lead to asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos is only a risk to health if the fibres are disturbed, released into the air and subsequently breathed in.
It is now illegal to use asbestos in the construction or refurbishment of premises, but thousands of tonnes of it were used in the past and much of it is still in place. It is therefore the responsibility of premises owners to comply with The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 which states that a system should be put in place whereby information on the location and condition of the material is provided to anyone who is liable to work on or disturb it. Such areas within your premises should be clearly highlighted with an asbestos warning sign so that any workers are aware of its presence and take the necessary precautions, such as the wearing of adequate Respiratory Protection
and Protective Clothing