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Asbestos – in Many Different Products

The term “Asbestos” describes 6 naturally occurring minerals found in certain types of rock formations. The general group of minerals are Chrysotile (white Asbestos), Amosite (brown Asbestos) and Crocidolite (blue Asbestos) that have been most commonly used in building products. When mined and processed, Asbestos is typically separated into very thin fibres. When theses fibres are present in the air they are normally invisible to the naked eye. Asbestos fibres are commonly mixed during processing with other materials that bind them together so they can be used in many different products.

Asbestos – a Natural Mineral and Fibre

Because the fibres are so small and tight, they can remain in the air for several hours. When fibres are released into the air through wear and tear on or during the asbestos removal process they can be inhaled by people in the immediate vicinity. Asbestos poses a risk whenever asbestos fibres become airborne and people are exposed to these naturally occurring fibres. Asbestos is a know carcinogen and the inhalation of asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. The latency period is generally between 35-40 years, but it may be longer and the disease is very hard to detect prior to the onset of illness. Unfortunately Australia has the highest incident rate of asbestos related disease in the world.

Asbestos – The Removal Facts

Asbestos is classed as being either bonded or friable. Exposure generally occurs when people are unaware of the hazards of working with asbestos and  do not take the appropriate precautions. Therefore, DIY renovators and tradespeople are the most at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres as the are most likely to frequently undertake repairs. Not everyone is qualified to remove asbestos including some demolition companies and or builders. You need to employ a licenced removalist like Allstar Asbestos when renovating or repairing property where asbestos is present and may be disturbed. It is illegal to re-use materials containing asbestos and there are laws that relate to asbestos and non-compliance.

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