Welcome to Asbestos Removal Awareness
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a heat resistant fibrous silicate naturally occurring mineral that can be woven into fabrics and are made of fine durable fibers that can be used as insulating materials for the automotive and construction industries. Asbestos would also be defined as a soft white grey material that does not burn and can’t be affected by many chemicals or even heat. Basically it is used to manufacture fireproof insulating materials.
Why is education on removal of asbestos important?
Asbestos removal is important because of the following:
- It leads to potential fatal health conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma
- It’s also a toxic substance that causes air and soil pollution that leaves the surrounding environment contaminated
Types of asbestos
The six types of asbestos include;
> Chrysotile – It is the most commonly used and more prevalent. It is mainly found in ceilings, roofs, wall and floors of homes.
> Amosite – the origin of amosite is mostly Africa hence it is known as brown asbestos. It has needle like fibers and is mostly found in thermal insulation products, ceiling, cement sheet and pipe insulation.
> Crocidolite – it is the least resistant to heat and is called bue asbestos, found mostly in Australia, South Africa and Bolivia. It is a constituent in steam engines insulator, products of cement and pipe insulation.
> Tremolite – Its colour is either white, green, gray or transparent. Not frequently used for commercial purposes but can occur as a contaminant in talc powders and chrysotie asbestos.
> Anthophyllite – This has a gray-brown colour, it is not commonly used for commercial purpose instead it occurs as a contaminant which can be a constituent in composite flooring.
> Actinolite – It is rather rigid compared to others and also has a harsh texture. It is seldom used commercially but can be found as a contaminant in the products of asbestos.
Friabe and non-friable asbestos
> Friable – This asbestos can be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder form by hand pressure. They are found mostly in hot water systems, piping, fireplaces and vinyl floor coverings it has
> Non-friable – These are asbestos fibers that are bonded by resin, cement and vinyl or other similar materials. They are found mostly in gutters, putty, concrete formwork, waterproofing materials and telecommunication trenches
History of asbestos
Asbestos mineral came into popularity back in the prehistoric times, that is, during the industrial age. It generally occurs in large deposits within the seven continents of the world. At around 4000 BC it was believed that asbestos was use for lighting purposes such as candles and lamps.
The elites claimed that from the ancient Greek term Sasbestos is the origin of asbestos while other scholars believe that the word asbestos originated from a Latin idiom ‘Amiantus’ that meant unsoiled.
Health dangers of asbestos include
This occurs when someone inhale the airborne fiber and then upon the body reacting on natural defense such as coughing some fibers remain within the lungs that later develop into carcinogenic agents hence lung cancer.
This is a fatal lung disease that leads to respiratory impairment and might also cause lung cancer. It has led to widespread of interstitial fibrosis which are the scar, tissue between alveoli that spread over the lungs.
This is a type of cancer of the outer lining of the lung or the lining of the abdominal cavity that is peritoneum or pleura.
Due to toxic properties of the asbestos and it being carcinogenic it must be handled with great care. More so its very necessary to know if its in good condition. During the removal of the asbestos we need to have the following for protecting ourselves they include.
gloves, protective eyewear, disposable clothes and booties. The main purpose of this to avoid inhaling the fibers of the asbestos.
Before removal of the asbestos you must make sure that you with a professional and licensed asbetor.