About Asbestos

What is Asbestos?  
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined out of the ground. When mixed with cement or woven into fabric, asbestos containing materials are strong, durable and resistant to water, heat, electricity, chemicals and fire. In fact, the word asbestos derives from the Greek adjective meaning indestructible.
Materials That Contain Asbestos
Common building materials that contain asbestos include roof sheeting, roof shingles, gutters, downpipes, internal and external wall panels, fake brick wall panels, ceilings, shower enclosures, electrical backing boards in meter boxes, vinyl floor coverings, carpet underlay, vermiculite (popcorn) ceilings, hot water tanks, flues, pipes, insulation, plaster, adhesives and fencing.
Working With Asbestos
There are no significant health risks if asbestos containing materials are maintained in good condition, however, it is important for every person to know where the asbestos is in their home or workplace so that they do not drill, saw or demolish these areas and create a health risk to themselves, their families and their work colleagues.
Heath Hazards
Dust created by drilling, sawing or demolishing any section of your home or workplace that contains asbestos can be breathed into the lungs causing fatal diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma which can appear 10 to 40 years after exposure.
Removal of asbestos products should only be undertaken by licensed contractors. Essential safety precautions include wearing a mask and overalls, roping off work areas, notifying neighbours, wetting down materials, using only non-powered hand tools, wrapping waste in clearly labeled plastic and disposing waste to an approved site.
Asbestos Testing
Before you drill, saw or demolish any section of your home or workplace, you must make sure that it does not contain asbestos. Asbestos Laboratories provide an affordable asbestos testing service to determine whether asbestos is present where you live or work.

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