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History of Asbestos

Asbestos has been widely used around the world and was in places in Cyprus as early as 5,000 years ago and was used in Finland around2,000BC and was used in Roman times. It was widely used during 1800’s during the industrial revolution and a big peak was realised during the war years as it helped rebuild many parts of London and the South East of England.

It’s been widely used in the growth of the UK such as the60’s with the introduction of new towns such as Milton Keynes, Thames Mead etc.

World production peaked in 1974 at 6 million tonnes mined worldwide and the total importation to the UK peaked around 6 million and it's believed around 4.5milion tonnes still exist, ready to be removed.