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Nearly half (47%) of homeowners who do DIY in their properties do not realise that asbestos was used as a building material in homes as recently as the 1990s, according to a survey carried out by the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

As part of Action Mesothelioma Day 2010, the BLF is urging people who carry out DIY to be Asbestos Aware after the recent survey of 2,000 homeowners revealed that nearly two thirds (65%) are not confident identifying asbestos-containing materials in the home.

Nearly fourteen million homes were built when asbestos materials were being used in construction. This is why the charity is urging people undertaking DIY to ensure they know how to identify asbestos-containing materials and do DIY safely. Having thisasbestos knowledge could help to prevent them developing mesothelioma, anasbestos related cancer between 15 – 50 years later.

The charity says it does not want to scare homeowners, stressing asbestos is safe as long as it is not disturbed – and indeed it is often best left alone. Typically asbestoscan be found in materials such as floor tiles, toilet cisterns, textured ceiling coatings and linings of boiler cupboards. To assist the BLF have produced a list of the most likely places to find asbestos and tips on how to deal with it once it is found.

If you are doing home renovations, asbestos training will help you identify the health and safety risks.

Courtesy: Asbestos Awareness Training

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