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Phased Removal: Lessons from Europe

Asbestos is a toxic mineral that was has been used in construction all over the world. There are different types of asbestos but the three most used in construction are: chrysotile (white), amosite (brown) and crocidolite (blue). They increase in harm respectively; chrysotile is a serpentine form of asbestos while amosite and crocidolite are amphibole forms.


Asbestos is still produced and sold in certain parts of the world, despite many countries prohibiting its use. Some have gone further in calling for the removal of asbestos. However, each of these countries has a different history of asbestos use, which presents unique challenges.


This paper looks at the recent and ongoing experience of removing asbestos from buildings across different European countries and the lessons that could inform policy and practice for the phased removal of asbestos in the United Kingdom (UK).

Past Research

Don't breathe in: bridging the asbestos safety gap

The report argues for the reform of the Health and Safety regime around the management of in-situ asbestos to accurately reflect the risk it poses to the people who work in and attend our public buildings. It shows that the UK’s current asbestos monitoring standards fall significantly short of other European nations and calls for parity with these standards to better protect teachers, nurses and other members of the UK public.

Asbestos in the UK