Take 5 and Stay Alive
Our Take 5 and Stay Alive campaign raised awareness of what asbestos is, and how to avoid the associated risks. The campaign is no longer running, but we have information on asbestos-related conditions and mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. Before its dangers were known, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing and sprayed on ceilings and walls. It is now banned in the UK. Buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them. The Health and Safety Executive website has lots more information about asbestos.
The symptoms of asbestos-related disease take many years – even decades – to appear after the original exposure to asbestos, so exposure a long time ago might only be showing up as a disease today.
Our information about asbestos
We have lots of information about asbestos and the lung conditions that are caused by exposure to it.
It also includes information about what to do if you have been exposed to asbestos, and the benefits and compensation available if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition.
What is asbestos?
On this page, we explain what asbestos is, where it’s found and who is most at risk of developing an asbestos-related condition.
What to do if you think you have been exposed to asbestos
On this page we explain what you should do if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.