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What is Asbestos?

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that has been used for thousands of years in various construction materials due to its unique properties of heat resistance, durability, and flexibility. The term “asbestos” actually refers to a group of six different fibrous minerals: chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile, also known as white asbestos, is the most commonly used type and accounts for over 90% of all asbestos used globally.

Asbestos was widely used in the construction industry from the early 20th century until the 1980s due to its excellent insulating and fire-resistant properties. It was commonly used in building materials such as insulation, roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and cement products. It was also used in household appliances such as ovens, dryers, and toasters. Asbestos was even used in clothing, such as fire-resistant gloves and aprons for firefighters.

The danger of asbestos lies in its fibrous nature. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, such as during construction or renovation, the fibers can become airborne and easily inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibers can lodge themselves in the lungs and other parts of the body, where they can cause damage over time. The risk of developing an asbestos-related disease depends on the amount and duration of exposure, as well as individual factors such as smoking and pre-existing lung conditions.

Due to the health risks associated with asbestos, its use has been heavily regulated and restricted in many countries. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned most asbestos-containing products in 1989. However, some products, such as automotive brakes and certain building materials, are still allowed to contain a small percentage of asbestos.

Asbestos removal and disposal is a highly specialised process that should only be carried out by trained professionals. If you suspect that your home or workplace may contain asbestos, it is important to have it tested and, if necessary, removed by a licensed abatement contractor.