Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals which when processed possess certain unique properties.
Due to these properties asbestos was adopted for use in various applications in the construction industry. From the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century and was used in both industrial and domestic settings.
However certain diseases have been identified as being caused by the exposure to or the inhalation of asbestos fibres. This has led to the cessation of its use within the UK and the regulation of work with or removal of most asbestos products.