Cardiff is serious about its asbestos removal, and it needs to be. The Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal (HANR) section of Cardiff City Council has already dealt with around 12,000 asbestos surveys within the Cardiff area, which speaks volumes about the potential severity of the issue. While none of the surveys have yet reached the council's highest level of alert, there is no doubting that the figures show Cardiff to be a city in which asbestos has a high presence.
The city is not alone in having high asbestos levels; many factories, houses and even public buildings constructed in 1970s Britain made use of asbestos as a building material. That was before we fully appreciated its harmful effects - asbestos fibres can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer when exposed. Figures reported by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) show that as many as 5,000 Brits per year die from asbestos-related illness.
It begs the question: 'why was asbestos used in the first place?'. The material was found to be useful in fireproofing buildings in many cases, and also being conducive to heat insulation. Up until 1997, there were still as many as 3,000 asbestos products still on the market, which could explain its continued prevalence.
Cardiff City Council has warned residents that asbestos which is disturbed in ways which include drilling, sanding, or simply wear and tear, could pose a health risk. Did you know the council will not be able to collect any asbestos amounts that exceed the 600mm by 600mm limit, however we can!
If you require more information regarding asbestos disposal call us on 01633 277755 to speak to a member of our friendly team.