If you’re planning on undertaking a DIY or refurbishment projects, it is certainly a time to be excited. The art of building, modifying and repairing our homes have been both a creative and cost-saving activity for decades. However, before you get carried away, it’s worth considering that if your home was built before 2000, it could potentially contain asbestos in a variety of different forms which many people are not aware!
Floor tiles, loft insulation, garage roofs and textured coatings (Artex) are just some of the materials which may contain asbestos and sanding, sawing, drilling and scraping any of these materials could lead to significant asbestos exposure risks.
Being exposed to asbestos fibres could lead to harmful consequences because your lungs cannot always disperse them if inhaled. The fibres are seldom visible to the human eye. Over a period of time, these can cause any number of diseases including Mesothelioma, Asbestos related lung cancer, Asbestosis and Non-malignant pleural disease. Sadly, it is often too late to do anything once they are diagnosed.
Many common problems can be easily solved with appropriate advice, encapsulation or a simple management solution once you know it is present. The problem is you can’t tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. A sample would normally need to be tested by a laboratory using a technology called PLM (Polarising light microscopy).
Great news is this process is no longer a DIY crushing cost burden as expensive inspections can now be eliminated with the recently rebranded Azzikit. Azzikit is the latest product developed from the long standing and original asbestos testing kit by Cornerstone Safety used by the trade for years.
Protect yourself and your family from exposure to asbestos fibres. Get any areas due for work checked for the presence of asbestos before you start.
Azzikit. From £39.99 including all lab fees, packaging and protective equipment needed to safely take material samples for testing.
Azzikit. It’s better to know.