Our expert says:
You're quite right to be concerned about this but you can feel assured that you have not had dangerous exposure; most people breathe in tiny amounts of asbestos at some point in their lives, whether they have asbestos in their patio roof or not, and this is not associated with increased risk for asbestosis and other related diseases. You might be at slightly increased risk (although even this is debatable) if you tried to remove the roof yourself without taking all necessary precautions. But it sounds like you are using professionals. If you wish, email me the company's name and I can check on them too. I think the room will be safe to use as a nursery, as long as it's a pro job and the premises are left spotless: reducing dust in the home (anyone's) is a good basic preventative measure to reduce the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres and toxins generally. You won't need it in future, but you will have a record of the presence of asbestos because the removal company will give you documentation. There are tests to tell if you have asbestos fibres in your body, but they would not be recommended in your case and wouldn't indicate the exposure level (which would be negligible in any case). You might want to also post your question to one of our occupational health experts for additional reassurance.
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