Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral which has been mined and processed. It has been widely used in a variety of building and household products due to its unique properties.
Once the risks to health were determined controls were gradually introduced and the import of all asbestos is now banned in the UK, with a very few limited exceptions.
High concentrations of asbestos fibres can be generated during structural alterations, major refurbishment, minor repairs and DIY activity. It is therefore essential to recognise those products which contain asbestos in order prevent unnecessary disturbances.
If in doubt, do not disturb any material that you are unsure of.