There are over 3,500 known uses for asbestos. It was used extensively in the building industry in both domestic and commercial properties throughout the last century.
Problems caused by exposure to asbestos are now much more widely understood and although the use of asbestos was finally banned in 1999 it is a fact that up to 4,000 people in Britain die each year from asbestos related illnesses.
Searching ‘asbestos’ with an internet search engine will bring up a bewildering amount of advice and opinion.
Further information can be found at HSE.gov.uk
The problem is understanding what is relevant to your situation.