Asbestos is a mineral which naturally occurs in rock, soil and sediment. The fibres generally are heat resistant, have insulating properties, are very light and are not visible to the human eye.
Asbestos becomes a health risk when its fibres become airborne and are breathed in. The risk increases with the number of fibres inhaled. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious diseases that develop over decades such as Asbestosis, Lung cancer, Pleural disorders and Mesothelioma.
Even though Asbestos mining and importation have been banned in Australia, it is still found in fibro, pipes, flue, drains, roofs, gutters, brakes, gaskets and clutches products manufactured prior to this ban.
The key industries that Asbestos is known to affect are:
- Construction and Demolition
- Utilities such as Water and Electricity
- Mechanical Services