Category Archives: Asbestos

“Hazardous Surveying” Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality

Warsaw 27 August 2013

Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos was a widely used fire retardant material which was woven or encapsulated in building materials and system to prevent the spread and passage of fire. As “Asbestos Abatement” took hold in Western Europe Central European manufacturers took advantage of low cost Asbestos raw materials for more than two decades.

“As asbestos contained materials [ACM’s] near the end of their usable life cycle they become dry and as they decay they crumble easily releasing toxic micro fibers into the air we breathe”        

Woven into concrete Asbestos creates a low cost strong and rigid materials for such systems as roof panels, insulation boards, pipes and conduits although these materials present a real danger to health in some conditions they can be readily seen decaying all across Central Eastern Europe.

Why is Asbestos So Dangerous?

Asbestos occurs naturally in minerals it consists of tiny hair like fibers which once inhaled can remain in the respiratory system for many years where they can causes various forms of malignant lung cancer including Mesothelioma, and Asbestosis. Inhalation risks other illnesses as a result of mechanical damage. In any building environment where Asbestos is installed Asbestos is a significant risk to all building users. Reasonable exposure to Asbestos now can go undetected however be fatal later in life. Smokers who are exposed to Asbestos are at considerable risk from malignant lung cancer. Continue reading