What is asbestos and where can it be found?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral with long, thin fibrous crystals.
It was termed the ‘miracle mineral’ by the Greeks because of its soft and pliant properties, as well as its ability to withstand heat. Asbestos also has a strong resistance to electrical and chemical damage, sound absorption and good tensile strength.
Until the 1970′s asbestos was used extensively for many different purposes including:
- Insulation (such as lagging on pipes and boilers)
- Ceiling tiles
Asbestos can be toxic and the inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis (a type
of pneumoconiosis). In the mid 1980s, the European Union and most developed countries placed a ban on the use of asbestos.
For further details of asbestos related diseases click here.
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