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Exposure to asbestos currently causes 5000 deaths per year and is yet to reach the modelled peak

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Buildings built before the year 2000 could potentially contain asbestos containing materials as part of its fabric

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Tradesman are considered to be at the greatest risk of exposure to asbestos

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Exposure to asbestos can result in respiratory related disease such as; mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening

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Asbestos refers to a set of naturally occurring fibrous mineral silicates which were mined for their desirable characteristics; a good insulator, resistance to chemical attack & durability

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Airborne asbestos fibre are microscopic

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Asbestos containing materials become dangerous when disturbed as asbestos fibre become airborne making them available for inhalation

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The removal of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) is governed by The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 which makes explicit requirements on those who remove ACMs

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A licence is required by those removing ‘high risk asbestos containing materials’

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‘The asbestos licensing system is a strict process established to ensure that those employers carrying out higher risk work on asbestos, can demonstrate that they are competent to carry out the work, and have the necessary knowledge, experience and expertise to protect the Health and Safety of their employees and themselves’ (HSE 2015)

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