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A Brief Information on Asbestos


Asbestos is defined as a thin, fibrous and crystal-like material. This material is visible during its natural state which means unless or until it is crumbled, one can see this material with their naked eyes. Traditionally, the demand for asbestos is large, because it was being used in the construction industry. Another reason was that asbestos material had some of the best properties such as high strength, act as an insulator making it highly resistant from chemical, fire and heat damage etc. Additionally, asbestos was first discovered around 4500 years ago by archeologists where it was traditionally used in earthenware pots, cooking utensils by offering strength. After a few years, asbestos was hugely popular in bricks, pipe insulations etc.

Being so popular, what led to the banning of asbestos? – Britain's government in the 1900s came to learn about the death of an individual due to asbestos. This news spread like wild-fire where American Medical Literature later confirmed a disease caused by asbestos called mesothelioma. More research and studies were carried out that confirmed that asbestos was a hazardous material.

What made asbestos dangerous? – Studies revealed that asbestos contained 2 minerals called amosite and crocidolite that made this material to be called dangerous. Additionally, asbestos, on entering our body gets accumulated on the lungs which led to harmful diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, etc. Today, the sad truth is that there is no guarantee to an individual even after undergoing treatment for asbestos. 

This is brief info asbestos you should know about. If you happen to find this material in your home, then call a professional and get asbestos inspection in Newcastle done today.