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Facts & Figures about asbestos

Asbestos was commonly used in industrial & residential buildings built or
refurbished before the year 2000. Here we share some facts & stats.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

1999
Aug

Asbestos was NOT banned in the UK until 1999

Asbestos was NOT banned in the UK until 1999

The UK’s use of asbestos ended on August 24, 1999, one month after the European Union (EU) banned chrysotile. Found in many building materials used pre 2000.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

5000
Deaths

Asbestos related deaths in the UK

According to The Health & Safety Executive

A very concerning statistic relating to asbestos; Exposure to asbestos is the cause of over 5,000 deaths each year in the UK- this is DOUBLE the amount of road traffic accidents.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

£5700
GBP

A chair containing asbestos for sale at £5700

Listed online in 2020

This chair found online in June 2020 is listed for sale at a whopping £5700. This loop chair by Swiss designer Willy Guhl, and is made of cement and asbestos.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

100
%

All asbestos related deaths are preventable

Asbestos awareness

Throughout the world there are 200, 000 deaths each year as a result of exposure to asbestos. Of these deaths- 100% of them are preventable.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

20th
Cent

Asbestos was used as artificial snow

Famously used in "The Wizard of Oz" movie

In the 20th century asbestos was often used as artificial snow on film and TV sets. It was referred to as “white snow magic” or “snow drift” due to it looking so real.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

1980
Pre

Asbestos products in the UK

Prior to the law being changed in the 1980's

There were several thousand household products used across the UK that contained asbestos, such as; ovens, hair dryers, irons, toasters, talcum powder & children’s toys.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

£2019
GBP

Quiz Question: Willy Guhl Dog House (A)

Large Domed Dog House by Willy Guhl (advert desc below)

This house is designed in fibrated cement by Eternit Switzerland in the 1960s. The two-piece dome-shaped shelter is perfect for a medium sized dog.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

£3646
GBP

Quiz Question: Willy Guhl Dog House (B)

Rare "Miniature" Willy Guhl Dog House (advert desc below)

Rare “miniature” cement dog house. Fantastic sculpture for the home, inside or out. Very rare Willy Guhl item. Never seen before in this size.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

£4774
GBP

Quiz Question: Willy Guhl Dog House (C)

Rare Willy Guhl Dog House (advert desc below)

Massive cement dog kennel by Swiss designer Willy Guhl. Structurally very solid. Fantastic sculpture for the home, inside or out. Very rare Willy Guhl item.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

2020

World Lung Cancer Day 2020

Asbestos awareness

With a 19% five-year survival rate, lung cancer ranks the lowest among the other most common cancers.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

NO
SAFE

There is no safe level of asbestos exposure

Asbestos Awareness

IOSH state that “most authorities require that people are not exposed to any airborne asbestos fibres unless it is unavoidable (for instance, asbestos removal workers)”.

Facts & Figures about asbestos

NHS
UK

Asbestos in public buildings in the UK

Asbestos in the UK

Campaign states that around 80 percent of schools & 94 percent of hospitals contain asbestos.

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