Asbestos is a deadly substance. Exposure to asbestos can result in a number of debilitating conditions. Prolonged exposure can result in asbestosis or asbestos lung cancer, whereas pleural thickening and mesothelioma can develop after relatively low level exposure to the harmful material.
Although asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, many buildings built before then still contain the toxic mineral as a nationwide removal programme has yet to be adopted.
Asbestos is only dangerous when it is disturbed or in a poor state of repair and so simply having asbestos in a building does not mean people will be exposed to asbestos. Most problems with asbestos arise when maintenance, refurbishment or demolition work is completed.
This is what has happened at a site in Liverpool. The Carlton Cinema and Coconut Grove nightclub in Tuebrook opened in the 1930s, during its time there were many changes to the building until it closed in 1982. Since then the building has been left abandoned, falling into a state of disrepair, becoming an eyesore.
The owners of the site, North Point Global, have plans to demolish the building; however, a survey has revealed that asbestos has been located at the site. This discovery could delay the demolition work by up to three months while a specialist asbestos removal team is brought in to minimise the risk of the dangers posted by the material.
It is extremely important that whenever asbestos is found in a building it is properly identified and dealt with by trained professionals.
Thankfully, the owners of this site have acted in accordance with industry guidelines and, while this has delayed work and no doubt increased costs, it has ensured the safety of not only workers, but any passers-by who could have inhaled asbestos dust during demolition work.
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