Asbestos has been widely used in the past due to its excellent insulation of electricity, air, mechanical forces, heat and its resistance properties. Until 2000, it was used in various buildings, where it is still located.

Asbestos is a great danger to human health and therefore it is necessary to avoid any contact with it. In the case of inhalation of asbestos, it remains in the lungs for life and can cause serious illness.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos belongs to silicates, a group of minerals that look like thin fibers. The word itself comes from the Greek language, and represents an indestructible thing. Asbestos can clearly be seen only under a microscope, and due to its very small dimensions, it can be found in the air and cause major problems in the event of inhalation.

Asbestos has excellent insulator properties:

  • electricity
  • air
  • heat
  • mechanical forces

In addition to being an excellent insulator, it is very resistant to:

  • corrosion
  • chemicals
  • heat

The use of asbestos has been in more than 3,000 products in the past, but since 2000 it has been banned for use in many areas. Unfortunately, asbestos can still be found in old buildings, and the most prominent are schools, factories and hospitals.

Asbestos legislation

Due to the proven harm to humans and the serious consequences of its inhalation, the use, trade and production of asbestos fibers is banned in most of the world. In some exceptional cases, when its use is necessary, containers and products containing it must be marked.

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