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What Is Asbestos? And More Importantly, Can It Be Harmful to You?

The substance we know as asbestos is a combination of six silicate minerals. Asbestos is used commercially because of its "excellent" physical properties ideal for insulation and fire protection. This mineral is also used in brick, concrete, chimney cement, heating, firewalls, roofs,  acid-resistant seals,  flooring, drywall joints, lawn furniture, and plumbing, electronics and ceiling insulation. Asbestos is also used in a prominent place in various shipbuilding industries.

Asbestos is everywhere – found in packaging materials, fibrous cement boards, and mechanical components in automobiles such as brakes and clutch linings. Can be found in homes and apartment buildings, schools, churches and other places of worship, shopping centres and other public facilities.

Despite its widespread use in modern industry, research shows that exposure to asbestos can be very dangerous, even fatal, to human health. Inhaling asbestos fibres is known to cause serious diseases such as end-stage lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Therefore its extraction is a must. You can find companies that provide friable asbestos removal via

There are few traces of asbestos in ambient air and these traces are usually safe for humans to inhale. However, exposure to large amounts over a prolonged period of time is sure to cause serious health problems. 

Due to the health hazards associated with exposure to asbestos, EU members have banned all use of the mineral, as well as its extraction, extraction and processing, including the manufacture of products containing asbestos as a raw material.

Of the minerals that make up asbestos, amniocytes and crocidolites are the most dangerous to human health – they remain in the lungs of people exposed to asbestos for long periods of time.

Chrysotile asbestos – another form of asbestos – creates tumours in both animals and humans. This form of asbestos also causes mesothelioma in people who are constantly exposed to it because of their work, as well as in people who live near asbestos mines and factories.