What to Do If You Think You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos

Asbestos was once one of the most popular construction materials in the world. Now it’s no longer used due to the serious health risks of asbestos which are now common knowledge. Although using asbestos for construction purposes is illegal and has been for many years, it is still present in many buildings throughout the country, making it a serious threat even today. Regular exposure to Asbestos can be harmful, in whatever case, if you are unsure, talk to your Doctor. Furthermore, the ProDEM team will be taking a look at recognising the symptoms to finding the proper treatment.

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The risks

With over 2000 asbestos-related deaths a year in the UK, the health risks associated with asbestos are incredibly serious. Asbestos exposure can lead to a variety of diseases, the symptoms of which may not develop for up to around 50 years after exposure. Exposure to asbestos can give you these diseases:

Symptoms and management of asbestos exposure

As stated previously, the symptoms associated with the diseases caused by asbestos can take years to develop properly. Under normal circumstances, in order for asbestos-related disease to develop, you have to be regularly exposed to the fibres that are released by it. Furthermore, it has been proved that short term exposure to fibres has been known to lead to disease too. If you think that you’ve been exposed to asbestos, the first thing you should do is make an appointment with your doctor, and routinely return for checkups in order to track the possible development of symptoms through the years.

In order to do this in your own time too, it’s important to understand just what the symptoms are. Noticing the symptoms early will allow you to pursue proper treatment, so be sure to visit your GP if you notice any of the following:

What to do if you have recognised the symptoms of asbestos exposure

If symptoms have developed, talk with your doctor about seeing a mesothelioma specialist or oncologist. Your doctor will be able to determine whether your symptoms are those of mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, or if they are due to something unrelated. If you have been to the doctor but are still worried, don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. Specialist advice will always offer you some closure.

Contact Us

At ProDEM we offer full Asbestos removal services in Nottingham and Leicester for the domestic and commercial marketplace.  For more information about our asbestos removal service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. You can contact us today for more information and chat with one of our specialists. Alternatively, you can email us here and we will contact you as soon as we can.


Do you have asbestos in your property and want to remove it quickly and safely? If so, it’s best to call in the experts. Removing asbestos yourself can be very dangerous. Asbestos becomes harmful once it’s disturbed. If you encounter asbestos in your home or commercial premises, you must not touch it. Only those who are trained and experienced in the handling and removal of asbestos should do so. At ProDEM, we specialise in both domestic and commercial asbestos removal in Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester. Read on to find out more about removing asbestos from your property.

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What is asbestos?

Most people have heard about asbestos, but are you really sure what it is? Asbestos is a fibrous material which occurs naturally in the environment. Once woven into fabrics or mixed into cement for building or electrical insulation, it was banned in the UK in 1999. Even so, it can still be found in many older buildings which were built between the 1950s and 1980s. 

If your property was constructed before the turn of the century, it’s possible that asbestos was used. If your home was built after 2000, it is very unlikely to have been used. Many people come across asbestos in their loft area, garage or whilst carrying out renovations or DIY tasks. If asbestos is in a good condition it can sometimes be left where it is. However, if it’s been damaged or is crumbling or deteriorating, it’s best to arrange its removal as soon as possible. You can sometimes leave asbestos where it is if it’s in good condition. Arrange removal as soon as possible if it’s showing any signs of damage.

Why is it so dangerous?

Asbestos is dangerous and potentially even life-threatening if disturbed. If people handle materials with asbestos, fibres can become airborne. This poses a risk to anyone who inhales these toxic particles. Asbestos can have a serious effect on people’s health.  

Some people have been diagnosed with a cancer called mesothelioma after frequently being exposed to asbestos fibres. This disease causes tumours to grow on the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Since curing mesothelioma is rarely possible, the consequences are usually fatal. Other diseases such as asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural thickening can also result due to exposure to asbestos. 

Can I remove asbestos myself? 

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You must never attempt to remove asbestos from your property yourself. Since the material is so harmful to health, only trained professionals should handle it. So, keep it isolated and seek the advice of the experts if you do notice asbestos in your property. At ProDEM, we offer a prompt and reliable service, with our team able to remove all types of asbestos as quickly and safely as possible.

Don’t risk removing asbestos yourself if you don’t have sufficient training. Not only will you put yourself in danger, but you’ll also but others around you at risk too. People living or working in the property may breathe in disturbed particles.  

Does this apply to all types of asbestos? 

Yes, it’s important not to handle or remove any type of asbestos in your property yourself. All require trained asbestos removal experts to eradicate from your premises. Asbestos comes in six forms. All are harmful to health if they’re disturbed. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of asbestos: 

These six types of asbestos have different qualities and functions. However, they are all hazardous to human health. If you suspect you have asbestos in your property, don’t touch it. Call in a qualified and licenced company like ProDEM to remove asbestos safely.  

Why choose ProDEM for asbestos removal? 

When searching for a local company to provide asbestos removal in Derby, Nottingham, or Leicester, it’s important to ensure that you’re hiring an experienced team with a proven track record. At ProDEM, we’ve been disposing of asbestos in both domestic and commercial settings for over 30 years. With three decades of experience in the field, you can rely on us to provide a professional and reliable service that’s second to none. 

We deal with jobs of all sizes, from big commercial jobs to smaller jobs within the home. At ProDEM, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to remove asbestos from your property as safe as possible. Once we’ve removed the asbestos, we’ll then provide a safe and efficient removal service. 

Contact us 

Did you know that we can offer a free site survey and quotation on request? To find out more, call us on 0115 775 0307 (Nottingham), 0116 430 0273 (Leicester), 0133 231 4065 (Derby) or 0114 419 0247 (Sheffield). You can also send us a message via the website if you prefer. We’re ready and waiting to remove asbestos from your property once and for all.