Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team have been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to record the role that asbestos took in our 20th century industrial heritage. We want to raise the profile of this aspect of our history, ensuring greater awareness of asbestos use and the fact that it is still part of the fabric of our country.
We are recording where and how asbestos was used from the 1940s to the 1990s. Use this information on this website to find out where this deadly substance could still be lurking. Exposure to just a few loose asbestos fibres can result in the deadly cancer Mesothelioma.
Take extra care when:
– Renovating old buildings. Any building which pre-dates 1999 is likely to contain asbestos. Visit the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team’s project Asbestos in the Home.
– Working in old public buildings and other workplaces. Asbestos was used liberally to prevent the spread of fire.
– Handling vintage objects from the mid 20th century, asbestos was used where heat was to be applied – especially in the kitchen. World War Two gas masks also contain asbestos in the filters.
– Tinkering with vintage transport. Asbestos is used around car brake linings and steam engine boilers.