What is asbestos?

The Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos is not to be taken lightly. This page offers a brief overview of the dangers of Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. It was a commonly used in several manufactured goods until it was proven to cause several health related problems. Goods that contained asbestos fibers included:

  • Ceiling tiles and ceiling panels
  • Wall panels
  • Floor tiles
  • Textured coatings
  • Paper products
  • Thermal insulation to insulate heating and steam pipes
  • Asbestos cement products
  • Roofing sheets
  • Rainwater goods

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

If damaged, Asbestos breaks up into small airborne particles which can cause health problems when inhaled.

Asbestos Products could be damaged after the following activities:

  • Damaged due to adverse weather
  • Damage by renovation or demolition activities
  • The natural wear and tear of building items and products

What Health Problems could Asbestos Cause?

If inhaled over time, Asbestos could cause a variety of health problems. The most common are Lung Cancer, Mesothlioma (a cancer that effects the lung, chest, abdomen and heart and Asbestosis a form of lung disease.

Common signs of asbestos related health problems include:

shortness of breath

a dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling

persistent chest pains


3,000 people each year die of Mesothelioma in the UK, so asbestos is not something to be taken lightly.

If you are concerned about Asbestos, why not get in touch with AARC. We offer free advice with no obligation.