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Identifying Asbestos Is Easy With Knowledge
These 10 Frequently Asked Questions Will Help You Determine When To Call In An Asbestos Removal Expert
What Is Asbestos?
There are three identified types of Asbestos:
- Chrysotile (white Asbestos)
- Amosite (brown Asbestos)
- Crocidolite (blue Asbestos)
Why Was Asbestos So Popular In The Building Industry?
What Is The Difference Between Friable & Bonded Asbestos?
Friable Asbestos is Asbestos containing material that can be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to powder by hand pressure when dry. Friable Asbestos includes materials such as sprayed and thermal insulation, pipe lagging and millboard, and can release fibres with only minimal disturbance.
Bonded Asbestos is Asbestos fibres that are bound within the matrix of the material it’s contained within. Bonded Asbestos is more difficult to damage and cause the release of fibres by hand and includes materials such as Asbestos cement sheeting (fibre cement or fibro). However, bonded Asbestos containing materials that have been subjected to weathering, physical damage, water damage, fire or other conditions may contain exposed fibres which could be released upon disturbance.
When Did We Stop Producing Asbestos In New Zealand?
What Are The Health Risks?
Three main disease states have been associated with the inhalation of Asbestos fibre:
- Lung cancer
Inhalation of high concentrations of all forms of Asbestos may result in Asbestosis, a progressive fibrosis of lung tissue. The two forms of cancer associated with the inhalation of Asbestos are lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure is considered to account for at least 80% of mesotheliomas that develop with Crocidolite (blue Asbestos) and Amosite (brown Asbestos) providing the greatest hazard.
What Are The Dangers Of Removing Asbestos Yourself?
How Can I Tell If There Is Asbestos Textured Coatings On My Ceiling?
What If I Have Asbestos Roofing & Am On Tank Water?
Do I Need To Remove Asbestos Cladding/Roofing Immediately?
I Have Asbestos Wall Cladding And Want To Put Some New Windows In The Wall, What Should I Do?
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