Industry Description

Asbestos is a commonly used catch-all term describing a number of silicates that contain varying amounts of calcium, magnesium, and iron; all occurring in metamorphic rock.

Once liberated from the ore, these silicates take on the appearance of a fluffy mass that can be processed much like cotton or wool. However, in smaller concentrations, they are invisible to the human eye.

Their incredible aerodynamic properties allow asbestos fibers to drift almost indefinitely on air currents alone. As a matter of a fact, a fiber starting at eye level may take hours or even weeks to settle to the ground. 

Myths and Facts

Myth: Asbestos is easy to recognise, you can tell what it is just by looking at it. 

Fact: Not true; 

Asbestos could be found in almost half a million different consumer products, engineering, and building materials from the early 1920’s through 1978. Due to this, asbestos is not easy to recognise, and can only be confirmed by laboratory testing. Owners of older, period properties are advised to consider seriously this fact when planning major renovation works. Employers should consider testing in aged premises with regard to the Health and Safety at work act. more myths and facts

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Where is it hiding?

Any property, commercial or residential, built or refurbished before the turn of the century in 2000 can pose a threat and hide asbestos.

So where exactly should we be looking and be aware of?

Anyone in the construction industry can come in to contact with asbestos just through the many materials that are used in your day-to-day job.

So let's have a closer look at the various materials and kinds of places where we are most likely to come in to contact with asbestos.