Asbestos Concrete Fireplace Surround?

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I was recently involved in removing a concrete mantle/surround around an old fire place in a house that we’re renovating. The removal generated a lot of dust and I’m only now realising there could’ve been asbestos involved. This was not inside the fire, but was more of a decorative surround. What is the likelihood of asbestos being used in a concrete product from probably 80s era? The material was a dark grey colour and contained aggregate of about 10mm. Was also steel reinforced. There was no visible fibres but I’ve heard you generally can’t see them in a concrete product.

Should I be worried? Thanks
 
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Just sounds like concrete. You should wear a mask if its dusty even if its not asbestos.
 
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Yes I agree about the mask, was a last minute decision to help out so wasn’t well prepared. Not the smartest of moves!
 
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Should I be worried? Thanks
Whether it contained asbestos is now irrelevant.

If it did, you have breathed a load of it in.
If not, you just breathed in a load of concrete, cement and other dust.

Either way it's too late to do anything about it now.
 
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Would it have been expected to include asbestos in a decorative fireplace surround though. Have read that it’s usually in insulation boards around the fire and other areas, but not sure about concrete.
 
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It was probably Vermiculite.
The only asbestos was in the sealing rope around the cutout.
 

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