Health Risks

  • Asbestos is a risk to health when disturbed or damaged.
  • Inhaling asbestos fibres into the lungs can cause fatal respiratory disease.
  • There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
  • ALL asbestos fibres pose a health risk (there’s a myth that chrysotile fibres (white asbestos) are not dangerous).

At least three major fatal diseases are recognised as being contracted from asbestos exposure, these are:


This disease is referred to as a fibrosis, in which the fibres produce a scarring of the lung tissue due to the continual abrasion by the fibres as the lungs contract and expand.

Lung Cancer

The cancer is identical in many respects to the cancer caused by smoking tobacco products. It appears in the upper ciliated airways as opposed to the alveoli mostly affected by asbestosis.


This disease is very specific to asbestos. It is normally a rare tumour of the pleural membrane surrounding the lungs or of the peritoneal cavity.

These three major fatal conditions are all notifiable diseases under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). All of them have a long induction period – possibly several decades.

Various other conditions which are recognised but are not so prevalent include:

  • Pleural plaques
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Asbestos warts and corns

Client Testimonials

  • I had a asbestos survey carried out recently on my brother in laws pre fab for his and his families peace of mind. I was totally unaware of what to expect, but I need not have worried as Stone Asbestos was helpful, approachable and patient, always ready to answer and explain any questions or queries. Their report was thorough and was understandable with plenty of pictures to accompany the narrative. Any questions that came to mind after the report had been sent were answered with an easy to understand explanation and advice. All in all a worry free experience. Thank you Stone Asbestos.
    BARRY W.
    United Kingdom
  • Stone Asbestos provides a professional and efficient service. They put themselves out, as we needed the report quickly, and came to our premises out of hours for our convenience.The price was very reasonable and we would definitely recommend to anyone.
    United Kingdom
  • Very efficient and reliable and very helpful. We needed a survey done quickly and it was. We were even advised of the results by phone as Stone Absestos knew how important it was to us. Would definitely recommend this company.
    TRACY L.
    United Kingdom
  • Very comprehensive report and professional service. Would not hesitate to recommend.
    ANNIE H.
    United Kingdom
  • Stone Abestos Ltd are very approachable via all aspects of communication. The price was more than reasonable for what I needed to be completed. I would highly recommend this company to anyone and it's a very no obligation service.
    ZOE C.
    United Kingdom