What is asbestos?
Despite what many may think, asbestos is not a man-made material. Rather, it is a naturally-occurring fibrous material found in the ground, which was mined all around the world but particularly in large quantities in Canada, Russia, and South Africa.
It became known as a ‘Wonder Material’ because of properties including:
- Good thermal insulation
- Stable at high temperatures
- Good electrical insulation
- High tensile strength
- Does not degrade over time
- Chemical resistant
- Mechanically strong & can be woven
This meant it became extremely popular as a building material, particularly between the 1950s and 1980s, and there was scarcely a building in the UK constructed between these times that did not contain asbestos to at least some degree.
However, research later proved a link between asbestos and lung diseases such as Asbestosis (which affects your ability to breathe), Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma (a rare and even more deadly cancer of the lung lining and chest wall).
It consequently dropped out of favour before being completely banned as a building material in the UK in 1999. Sadly, due to the large quantities that were used during the heyday of asbestos, the HSE estimates that 5,000 people die in the UK each year due to asbestos-related diseases. This figure is predicted to rise to 10,000 per annum in the coming years. This makes asbestos the single biggest workplace killer in the world.
Our modern day awareness of the dangers of asbestos is the reason why asbestos management and asbestos removal and disposal has become so important.
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