Suffering an asbestos-related disease caused by exposure through lack of awareness may give you cause to seek an asbestosis claim.

The duty to manage asbestos is contained in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006[1]. It requires the person who has the duty for managing non-domestic premises to take responsibility for protecting others from the risks to ill health that exposure to asbestos causes.

Although asbestos compensation has its history relating to previous decades with their lack of knowledge, asbestos awareness and legislation regarding use and exposure, even comparatively recently, some instances of inadequate building site or workplace practices have lead to fatal consequences.

If you have a history of working in possible areas of exposure for any period of time, from brief to prolonged, the following risk check list may give some advance help with preparations for seeking advice:

You are mostly at risk from asbestos exposure when:

• You are working on an unfamiliar site
• The building you are working on was built before the year 2000
• Asbestos-containing materials were not identified before the job was started
• Asbestos-containing materials were identified but this information was not passed on by the people in charge to the people doing the work
• You don’t know how to recognise and work safely with asbestos
• You know how to work safely with asbestos but you choose to put yourself at risk by not following proper precautions, perhaps to save time or because no one else is following proper procedures

You may have come across asbestos in the following particular working areas:

• Cement products
• Textured coatings
• Floor tiles, textiles and composites
• Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams/columns
• Insulating board
• Cement flue pipes
• Gutter systems
• Soil pipes
• Artex ceilings
• Loose asbestos in ceiling or floor

Always seek expert asbestos advice regarding the circumstances that can lead to making a claim for specific conditions, such as mesothelioma with a qualified and experienced asbestosis lawyer, who will be best placed to advise and guide you through the legal process.