30 Amazing Facts on Asbestos

 

  1. Asbestos is a group of minerals being Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos), Crocidolite (blue asbestos), Actinolite, Anthopylite and Tremolite.
  2. There are two main groups that asbestos falls into- Serpentine and Amhibole.
  3. The first use of asbestos was in 2500 BC where asbestos was used to help strengthen clay pots
  4. Properties of asbestos include resistance to heat, resistance to chemicals, high tensile strength, high durability, non-conductor of electricity, high flexibility and a high level of durability.
  5. In the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’ the fake snow used was made out of asbestos fibres.
  6. Asbestos was used for cigarette filters.
  7. A respirable asbestos fibre is less than 3 microns wide, has a length of 5 microns or more and has a length to width ration of 3:1.
  8. Australia has the second highest rate of Mesothelioma deaths in the world.
  9. 10 000 people have died in Australia from Mesothelioma since the 1980’s
  10. Between 1998 to 1999 and 2009 to 2010 there were 1394 asbestosis related hospitalizations
  11. Russia is the largest producer of asbestos and the third largest consumer of it
  12. China is the second largest producer of asbestos
  13. Wittenoom was an asbestos mine in Western Australia with 7000 workers and 13000 non workers. 2000 workers and residents of Wittenoom have died from asbestos related diseases.
  14. The term asbestos comes from the Greek word meaning unquenchable or inextinguishable.
  15. Asbestos was totally banned in Australia on 31st December 2003.
  16. Over 3000 products have been manufactured with Asbestos.
  17. Asbestos is inhaled into the body through the mouth or nose and can cause non-cancerous and cancerous diseases including asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusions, mesothelioma, lung cancer and laryngeal cancer.
  18. Asbestos can be categorized into two categories- friable and non-friable. Friable asbestos is any product containing asbestos that is in a powder form or that can be crumbled, pulverised or turned to a powder by hand pressure when in a dry condition. Non-friable asbestos is any product containing asbestos that is not friable.
  19. Actions that will cause non friable asbestos to become friable include weathering, wear and tear, fire, accidental damage and the use of abrasive tools or equipment.
  20. In the USA between 1979 and 2001 there were approximately 230 000 asbestos related deaths.
  21. Asbestos is an extremely affordable product- mining the product was easily achievable, using asbestos in construction was cheaper than other alternatives, minimal maintenance and durability of the product made it cost effective. Added to economy of asbestos was the 25% concession on insurance premiums for homes with asbestos weatherboards.
  22. Risk of developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure is increased in individuals who smoke.
  23. Determining whether a product contains asbestos cannot be accurate by simply looking at it. The product must be tested by a NATA approved lab to identify it as ACM (asbestos containing material).
  24. A non-friable (bonded asbestos) product does not pose a risk to our health if it is in good condition and is not disturbed.
  25. A single strand of asbestos weighing less than one ounce can be spun out for 91 metres and a .8 square metre of woven asbestos cloth will weigh approximately 220 grams.
  26. Crocidolite (blue asbestos) is the most dangerous form of asbestos.
  27. The song ‘Blue sky mine’ by Midnight Oil was inspired by the experiences of workers at Wittenoom mine (an asbestos mine).
  28. People suffering from asbestosis may have a bluish tinge to their skin due to lack of oxygen.
  29. Asbestos symptoms can take 20 to 50 years to develop
  30. Correct training and understanding of where asbestos is located is critical to ensuring workers safety

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