Asbestos Removal Procedures

Actor Super Cool of the 1960s, the Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, came with lung problems that shortened his life at the age of 50 years. This hard actor was stopped by a disease called mesothelioma, a rare type of lung cancer mainly caused by asbestos.

Asbestos, once celebrated by Miracle Mineral has now become Devilish dust. Asbestos is the name given to a group of 6 different, fibrous minerals that occur naturally. These minerals (amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite and fibre types of tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite). The properties of these minerals contain strong, removable fibres that are heat resistant and flexible enough to weave or mix with thousands of products.

Products for the entire construction industry were made from asbestos, and many of them still exist. Asbestos was used in insulation, wall panels, ceilings, floor tiles, roofing tiles, paper products, cement products, brakes and all kinds of refractory materials. Asbestos is now being mined, especially in China, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Zimbabwe.

The risk for asbestos is that it is everywhere. It is still used in many people’s homes, and it is still used in many products today. Problems arise when this old asbestos board or insulation is damaged, and then these tiny fibres float in the air. Then the fibres are inhaled and they never leave the lungs. When they accumulate in the lungs, many years later they can develop into lung cancer, asbestosis and other serious health problems. The removal of asbestos is best for professionals, and many experts say that if asbestos is not damaged in your home, it is safer, just leave it alone.

If you develop shortness of breath, hoarseness, or wheezing. A constant cough that eventually worsens or when you spit out blood, be sure to make an appointment with a doctor for your symptoms. I hope this is not related to asbestos, but if you have worked asbestos or have lived around asbestos, you should inform your doctor.

In the 1950s, 60s and 70s the producers proudly claimed the name “asbestos” in their advertisements. Nowadays, asbestos can still be present in products, but it is not marked as such. Chrysotile Asbestos is the only form still used for commercial purposes. Remember your environment and keep yourself away from hazardous asbestos products and toxic fibres that they can secrete.

Asbestos is a permanent health hazard