Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century due to its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage, sound absorption and strength.
The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Since the mid 1980s, many uses of asbestos are banned in many countries. Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops in the thin layer of tissue that lines and protects the chest cavity and other organs. Visit www.pleuralmesothelioma.com for more information on this illness.
There is no easy way to tell if you have asbestos in your home, but if it was built prior to 1987, it may contain building products known to contain asbesos. For information about identifying asbestos, the health affects, working with contractors and what you can do if you suspect you may have asbestos containing products in your home, visit the Asbestos Info website.
For information regarding disposing of asbestos locally please contact Newton Transfer Station on 8365 0025 for safety procedures and prices.