It is widely acknowledged that asbestos is a dangerous material and, if found, should be removed promptly and safely from a building by a fully qualified professional. However, what is less known is that there are several misconceptions regarding asbestos, which, if believed, could have dangerous consequences.

In this blog, we shall bust those myths, once and for all.

MYTH

Asbestos is banned worldwide.

FACT

Though asbestos is completely banned in just under 60 countries, the USA, Canada and New Zealand have yet to ban the complete use of asbestos containing products. Asbestos also continues to be mined and used in Russia.

MYTH

The symptoms of asbestos-related conditions can be seen immediately after exposure.

FACT

Asbestos related diseases can lay dormant for a long time. In fact, the period between exposure and detection can be as long as 40 years.

MYTH

You are only susceptible to asbestos related diseases if you work with the substance.

FACT

Between the 1920’s and 1970’s asbestos was installed in many buildings, both domestic and non-domestic, as well as in consumer products. Therefore, you still may inadvertently come into contact with the substance, though huge steps have and are being taken to remove asbestos safely from all buildings.

MYTH

You can tell if something has asbestos in it just by looking at it.

FACT

Asbestos is hard to spot, so the only way to definitively determine its presence is via sampling and laboratory testing.

MYTH

It is safe to remove asbestos yourself, as long as you have a suitable mask.

FACT

Asbestos is incredibly dangerous, and should only be removed by qualified professionals who have been fully trained in the safe removal techniques and use appropriate safety materials and equipment. MSL have a fully qualified team of asbestos removal professionals, who will get rid of any asbestos in your facility safely.

Give us a call on 0333 1234450, to talk about your asbestos removal needs, or any other services we provide.