Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is almost indestructible.
Its resistance to heat led to its use in thousands of products yet medical science has proved that breathing asbestos dust can kill.
An asbestos fibre is typically 2000 times thinner than a human hair. These fibres bypass the bodies defence system and get deep into the lung, where they can cause serious damage.
Asbestos is still the biggest single cause of work related deaths in the UK, so it pays to be asbestos aware. The links on the right contain are some useful resources but the only real solution to this problem is a programme of phased removal of asbestos from all public and private buildings.
See also Campaigns for more.
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
TUC- Safety Reps and Managing Asbestos
Asbestos In Schools Campaign- Schools Asbestos Checklist for Parents
Department of Education- Asbestos Management in Schools
NHS Choices- Guide to Asbestos Related Diseases