Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000, and can cause around 5000 deaths every year.
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air.
If these fibres are then inhaled they can cause serious diseases such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.
So what do you need to do?
You have a duty to take reasonable steps to find out if asbestos materials are present in your building.
Presume asbestos is there unless there is strong evidence against. Keep up to date records of the location and condition. Assess the risk of anyone being exposed. Make a plan to manage it and provide the information to others.
Remember if you suspect asbestos is present, stop immediately and seek further guidance.