About Asbestos

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In 2016, Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team were awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund in order 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 recorded where and how asbestos was used from the 1940s to the 1990s. Use the information given on these web pages and in the free booklets to find out where this deadly substance could still be lurking. Exposure to just a few loose asbestos fibers can result in the deadly cancer Mesothelioma.

Asbestos in Schools Booklet

DIY Awareness Booklet

Take particular care when:

  • Renovating old buildings. Any building which pre-dates 1999 is likely to contain asbestos. DAST’s Asbestos in the Home booklet contains detailed information about asbestos in domestic properties.
  • Working in old public buildings e.g. schools, hospitals. 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 was used around car brake linings and steam engine boilers for example.
  • Where to find Asbestos

  • Quotes from affected workers