Exposed to asbestos?

Being exposed to asbestos does not necessarily mean you will develop an asbestos-related disease. It typically takes decades for asbestos-related diseases to develop.

If you know you have been exposed to asbestos, make sure your GP is aware of this, and that it is recorded on your medical records.

If you are exposed to asbestos at work, inform your employer. The date, location and circumstances of your exposure to asbestos should be recorded. It is a good idea to keep your own records, with details of any witnesses, in the event that your employer’s records are later lost or destroyed. If you are a trade union member, inform your trade union representative.

If you have been exposed to asbestos and you are a smoker, the evidence suggests that you are more likely to develop asbestosis or lung cancer if you continue to smoke.

If you have had exposure to asbestos in the past, and notice any suspicious symptoms such as unexplained breathlessness, contact your GP as soon as possible.