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Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here, we address common queries regarding our asbestos removal services. Discover essential information about the asbestos removal process, safety measures, compliance, and more. Empower yourself with knowledge to make informed decisions about protecting your environment and health. If you can’t find an answer here, feel free to reach out to our expert team for personalized assistance.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was widely used in construction, manufacturing, and other industries due to its desirable properties, such as strength, heat resistance, and insulating abilities. It was commonly used in building materials like insulation, roofing, flooring, and cement products, as well as in automotive parts and various consumer goods.
Which products contain asbestos?
Asbestos was widely used in various industries, and it can be found in a wide range of products. Here is a list of some common asbestos-containing products:
- Asbestos Cement Products
- Thermal Insulation Products
- Flooring and Tiles
- Textiles and Fabrics
- Automotive Parts
- Electrical Products
- Construction Materials
- Miscellaneous Products
It’s essential to note that this list is not exhaustive, and asbestos may be present in other products as well. Asbestos-containing materials are hazardous when damaged or disturbed, as they can release harmful fibers into the air. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home or workplace, it is crucial to seek professional help for proper inspection, removal, or management to ensure the safety of occupants and the environment. Contact us today to enquire about our Asbestos assessment, inventory & management plans service.
Why is Asbestos still a Problem?
Asbestos remains a problem due to its historical prevalence in older buildings and products, continuing to pose health risks as these materials deteriorate and release harmful fibers. Despite increased awareness of its dangers, some people may still unknowingly expose themselves to asbestos during renovation or demolition activities. Certain industries also put workers at risk of occupational exposure. Moreover, asbestos can still be found in products and imports in regions with less stringent regulations. Its long latency period for diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer complicates detection and reporting. Inadequate regulation, improper handling, and disposal further contribute to the ongoing challenge of addressing asbestos-related risks. Comprehensive efforts to raise awareness, enforce regulations, and encourage safe handling practices are crucial to mitigating this persistent problem.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is dangerous primarily due to the health risks associated with its microscopic fibers. When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or deteriorate, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. Inhalation or ingestion of these fibers can lead to severe health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. The fibers are extremely durable and can remain in the lungs for years or even decades, causing chronic inflammation and scarring. What makes asbestos particularly hazardous is its long latency period, as symptoms may not manifest until many years after exposure, making detection and treatment challenging. Asbestos-related diseases are often incurable and can be fatal, underscoring the critical importance of prevention, proper handling, and safe removal practices to protect public health.
What are the types of asbestos?
Asbestos is a term used to describe a group of naturally occurring minerals composed of thin, microscopic fibers. There are six types of asbestos minerals, which are categorized into two mineral groups:
- Serpentine Asbestos:
- Chrysotile: Also known as white asbestos, chrysotile is the most commonly used type of asbestos. It has long, curly fibers and is more flexible than other asbestos types. Chrysotile accounts for approximately 95% of asbestos used in commercial applications.
- Amphibole Asbestos:
- Amosite: Known as brown asbestos, amosite has straight, needle-like fibers. It was commonly used in construction materials and insulation products.
- Crocidolite: Referred to as blue asbestos, crocidolite has thin, sharp fibers. It is the most hazardous type of asbestos and was primarily used in specialized applications, such as steam engines and chemical industry equipment.
- Tremolite: Tremolite asbestos is not mined commercially but can be found as a contaminant in other minerals. It has a range of colors from white to dark green.
- Actinolite: Actinolite asbestos is also a contaminant and has similar properties to tremolite. It can be found in construction materials and other minerals.
- Anthophyllite: Anthophyllite asbestos is the least common type and is rarely used commercially. It can be found as a contaminant in other minerals.
Among the six types, chrysotile is the most commonly used and widely available, while the amphibole asbestos types (amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite) are generally considered more hazardous due to their needle-like fibers, which are more easily inhaled and can cause severe health issues.
It is crucial to note that asbestos use has been significantly restricted and banned in many countries due to its health risks, and safer alternatives are used in various applications today. Nevertheless, existing asbestos-containing materials still pose a risk if not handled and removed properly.
When does asbestos become dangerous?
Asbestos becomes dangerous when its microscopic fibers are released into the air and subsequently inhaled or ingested by individuals. Once airborne, these fibers can enter the respiratory system and become trapped in the lungs or other organs, causing severe health risks. Prolonged or repeated exposure to asbestos can lead to serious diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. The latency period of these illnesses, often spanning decades, makes detection and diagnosis challenging. Due to its health hazards, asbestos use has been heavily regulated or banned in many countries. Proper handling and management of asbestos-containing materials are critical to preventing fiber release and safeguarding human health.
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