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Why Was Asbestos Banned in the UK?

Asbestos is a natural silicate material that has been used by humans for over 4000 years. Its natural fibrous property leads it to be an incredible insulator and fire retardant when used as a building material. Due to these 2 properties, asbestos was used in roofing, piping, sewage systems and floor tiles. It was considered a wonder material due to its ability to fortify concrete, whilst being cheap to produce and easy to apply, where needed, in multiple ways. 

However, asbestos’s use has ceased worldwide over the last half century as it has been found to cause serious health issues to those who worked with it. Sometimes, these health issues were reported in those who lived in buildings that used asbestos, too. The UK’s response was to outlaw the use of asbestos from as early as 1985, with all uses of asbestos being banned as late as 1999.