Human Resources

Asbestos

What is it

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that can be breathed deep into the lungs resulting in serious diseases, the real effect of which may not be known for several years. 

Risk

Any building built before the year 2000 may contain asbestos but the risk to human health is extremely low providing the asbestos material is not disturbed. 

Those most at risk from developing serious disease from asbestos are workers who carry out building refurbishment or maintenance work.  

It is therefore extremely important that the Asbestos Register is consulted prior to any such work and that the fabric of any building on campus is not disturbed or broken by anyone not authorised to do so regardless of whether the building is known to contain asbestos or not.  

Asbestos Management

Work involving asbestos is tightly regulated which is why all building work at the University should be carried out by, and in agreement with, the Department of Estates, who closely monitor the condition of existing asbestos and take appropriate action where necessary to reduce the risk of exposure. 

Health

Exposure to asbestos can lead to lung related cancers including: 

If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, please contact the University Health, Safety and Environment Service