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Take 5 and Stay Alive

Take 5 and Stay Alive is an initiative by the British Lung Foundation to highlight the risks of working with asbestos.

The Take Five website features a number of short, easily digestible sections with key information about asbestos, where it can be found, its risks, and facts about working with asbestos.

There are also a number of additional resources, including:

In addition, the website is supported by a downloadable Take Five asbestos guide – a single A4 poster with a guide to assessing the risks of working with asbestos.

Cleverly, the site also provides a section for non-professional DIYers who may also encounter asbestos. The DIY section provides a neat 5-step checklist for anyone planning to carry out work around the home.

The checklist includes:

  • What is asbestos?
  • Where and when was asbestos used?
  • What does asbestos look like?
  • What if I find asbestos in my home?
  • Where can I get all the facts?

Given that asbestos wasn’t finally banned until 1999, this kind of asbestos awareness for home improvement enthusiasts seems particularly useful. It’s also supported by a downloadable factsheet.

For further information about Take 5 and Stay Alive, check out the website or contact the British Lung Foundation.