What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a material which was used in buildings because it reduced noise and improved the heat efficiency of homes. It was not been used for building since 1999 and asbestos is safe under most circumstances if it is undamaged and is still sealed in good condition.

There are six types of asbestos fibre found in building materials. The three most common types are:

  • Chrysotile (white)
  • Amosite (brown)
  • Crocidolite (blue)

It’s more important to know the type of material containing the asbestos rather than the type of asbestos itself when working out any risk to health. This assessment needs to be done by an asbestos specialist.


Why is asbestos dangerous?

Asbestos only poses a health risk if it is damaged or the condition of the material is deteriorating and asbestos fibres are released into the atmosphere. If asbestos is released into the air and you breathe it in then it can be dangerous to your health.

If you have any asbestos related concerns or questions, please contact us immediately on 0300 123 3399 or you can email