Asbestos is made up of a group of naturally occurring minerals. When these minerals are together, they are resistant to high temperatures and fire; which made asbestos an effective insulator in buildings and homes from 1940-1987 in Australia. What wasn’t known until later on is when the asbestos was damaged and these tiny fibres from asbestos were exposed; inhaling them can increase your chances of lung disease or cancer. Asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma are the 3 main diseases that have been linked to asbestos exposure.
There are 2 types of asbestos; Non-Friable (bonded) asbestos & Friable (loose) asbestos.Non-friable asbestos is the most common asbestos used in domestic and commercial buildings. This asbestos is not toxic or dangerous when it is in good condition; however, the moment it is damaged, you are exposed to the tiny fibres that are thinner than your hair strands. You cannot see the fibres, which makes it an urgency to have the damaged asbestos removed correctly and by a professional. Non-friable asbestos is solid and rigid; the asbestos fibres are tightly compounded that prevent the from being airborne. This is mainly known as ‘fibre’ ‘asbestos cement’ or ‘AC sheeting’. These types of material contain roughly 5-20% of asbestos.
Friable asbestos (loose bound) can be potentially dangerous if broken as this can contain upto 100% of asbestos in the material/products. Unlike non-friable asbestos, the fibres in friable asbestos are quite loose and can be turned into dust by just crushing it in your hand, however the dust can be easily released into the atmosphere which still increases chances of lung diseases. Friable asbestos was used in main commercial and industrial areas for sound proofing, insulation and fire proofing. In some cases, it would be use for domestic purposes in kitchens and heating systems.
Is it in my home?
Asbestos is common in homes built before 1990, if you are looking to renovate your home and unsure if your house is contaminated with asbestos, contact us today.
Where will I find asbestos in my home?
Asbestos was phased out by 1990, and all asbestos based products have been banned since 31st December 2003. However, if your home is built prior to 1990, you may find asbestos-type material in the below places:
Cement pipes, Insulation flat and corrugated sheeting floor, tiles roofing & guttering, textiles and textured paints.
Is it in my workplace?
Very much the same use as domestic buildings/homes. Commercial buildings were built using asbestos-type materials in the 1940-1987 era. As these products have now been banned, buildings built post 1990 should be ok. However, the older commercial buildings are always at a higher risk of exposure due to their use and minimal upkeep or renovations.
Where will I find asbestos in my workplace?
Again, you will find asbestos in commercial buildings in the following areas:
Cement pipes Insulation flat and corrugated sheeting floor tiles roofing & guttering textiles and textured paints.
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