Asbestos The Dark Arts

The dutyholders shortcut to asbestos knowledge, understanding requirements and keeping people safe without over spending, wasting time or going it alone.

This book is packed with facts, pointers and tasks to help you understand all the parts of asbestos management.

Learn about how many millions of tonnes of asbestos the UK has imported and used over the years. Find out the easy way to select asbestos surveyors and contractors.

Discover how you can keep people safe and manage asbestos by following 6 simple principles.

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Preview – Asbestos The Dark Arts

A practical and informative no-nonsense guide to improving asbestos management. From history overview to more in depth look at regulation and how to comply. This book combines years of asbestos knowledge with it all simplified and made easy to understand.


Asbestos Kills!

Asbestos kills. It kills a lot of people in the UK and all over the world.

This book has been written from the two authors’ perspective as professional asbestos consultants with a view of cutting through all of the complicated elements that surround asbestos and its management.

The chapters are packed to the brim with information and asbestos knowledge gleaned from over 30 years collectively as asbestos consultants in the UK.

The book can be used as a quick reference guide to quickly help you bring your asbestos management in line.

For those that want the quick answers, each chapter has a bullet point section, which summarises the chapter’s message.

For those that not only want to ensure asbestos compliance but also want to genuinely educate themselves further, there’s lots of information laced throughout this book.

#BONUS ITEMS = Getting Stuff Done

Additionally, as well as all of the information, there are several “Getting Stuff Done” tasks and exercises throughout. These will help you understand your asbestos situation and where you are with compliance.

There are various sections within this book that suggest the use of consultancies and contractors over a DIY approach.

It would be easy to say it’s for the generation of work for the authors’ businesses. However, it’s simply not the case. These opinions have been formed from a combined experience of 30+ years in the asbestos industry. The information and opinions come from a background of always providing impartial and independent advice.

The idea of this book is to cut through a lot of the over complicated elements that surround asbestos, not to become an overnight expert in every aspect.

There are elements that cannot be simplified and made easy and elements that require certain things to achieve them such as accreditations and licences.

This is where consultants and contractors always come in. This book will help you achieve getting the right people on board, so you have an Asbestos Power Team behind you to assist you with your asbestos management.

It’s the dutyholder’s job to have enough knowledge and competency to manage these external contractors to ensure they are working fully in line with your asbestos management goals.

Ian and Neil have picked up the pieces so many times. That’s why it’s important to get help for any of the areas you are unsure of or not fully competent in.

Get the right team on board and use them to their fullest to ensure your asbestos management is bulletproof, so that you can rest assured your time and money is spent wisely keeping people safe.

If you’re still unsure about any element of your asbestos management, there is a section at the back of the book whereby you can contact us for a complimentary asbestos audit.

You now have everything in your power to step forward and proactively manage your asbestos, but if you want help in removing your asbestos headache, we’re also here to help you further.

Easy To Understand

This book has been written with the end user in mind. Cutting through the technical jargon in an easy to follow language.

Pictures and Graphs

This book contains lots of pictures and graphs to help you understand and remember all of the useful points

Quick Reference Guide

Each chapter summarises the message allowing the reader to confirm and review the main points of the chapter.

Free Downloads & Bonus Info

Bonus materials and free downloads supplement all the asbestos information contained within this book.

“This book is a great resource for property managers looking to get asbestos compliant.”

Amanda Brown

Property & Facilities Director

Chapters Overview

Here's a sneak peek at the first three chapters

Chapter 1 - What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral that is formed in rock. That’s right it comes straight out of the ground and is mined.

It doesn’t grow! It doesn’t appear! It doesn’t produce noxious gas! It’s not man made!

Asbestos is a mineral that is mined in similar fashion to other items that have more commonly been mined e.g. coal, talc and gold.

Chapter 2 - Why was asbestos used?

Speak to any industrial chemist (as you would) and they will tell you that asbestos really is a magical mineral.

Before you read this next section, clear your mind of all the negative thoughts you may have about asbestos. We want you to do this so you can truly appreciate why this material was used!

Chapter 3 - Where was asbestos used?

Put simply, EVERYWHERE! In fact, it would have been easier to call this chapter “where wasn’t asbestos used”, although that would have been a disappointingly short chapter.

As I’ve already said asbestos was used everywhere. In this chapter I want to show you where the most common uses are but also tell you some unusual ones.

What you can expect from this book!


Remember that TV advert that said “Tax doesn’t have to be Taxing”? We all know the kicker to that advert is that tax is bloody taxing unless you’re an accountant! Thankfully, asbestos isn’t tax, but it is bloody complicated – we’re not going to lie to you! Trying to decipher the reams and reams of asbestos regulations, approved codes of practice and guidance is a mammoth task for anyone.


Up until now, all you’ve really had to go on are the asbestos documents mentioned above. They’re hard work for anyone… think of War and Peace but not as interesting a story to keep you motivated.


This is where Ian and Neil have stepped with Asbestos The Dark Arts.


This book simply cuts to the chase and avoids the bollox concerning all areas in and around asbestos management. Ian and Neil have worked together for over 16 years, being great friends, business partners and ultimately asbestos geeks. Taking all their hand on experiences they joined forces to write this book to make your life easier.


Wherever possible in the book they’ve simplified the overcomplicated information that surrounds asbestos management, allowing you to make the decisions you need to, more informed and more quickly. The book’s main aim is to help people and businesses understand asbestos and to ultimately stop people getting exposed to the hidden killer.

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    About the Authors

    Over 30 Years Combined Knowledge of The Asbestos Industry. The faces behind the book.

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    I’ve been in the asbestos industry since 2003 and I can’t get away from it. If I’m not working around asbestos, I’m reading articles about it, writing articles about it, training people about it, I’ve even got pictures of it on the walls in my house. This passion of mine has given me the knowledge and experience to help clients whatever the asbestos situation maybe.
    Neil Munro - Author

    This book is packed full of facts, tips and guides!

    I’m an asbestos geek, I started in the asbestos industry in 2002 and have carried out all manner of jobs in the industry. It’s an affliction as once you’re in the asbestos industry it’s rare that you leave, but I love it! I really enjoy assisting people to move from a place of headache to asbestos freedom.
    Ian Stone - Author

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