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Asbestos - What was it used for?

Asbestos was a popular material used in construction and industry for many years during 1900 & 1999, due to its fire-resistant and insulating & many other properties. Asbestos is a natural mineral which is mined & made up of tiny fibres that are strong, flexible, and heat-resistant.

Asbestos was used in a wide range of products, including & not limited to:

  1. Insulation - Asbestos was used to insulate pipes, boilers, and furnaces in commercial and residential buildings. It was also used in spray-on insulation and loose-fill insulation.

  2. Roofing and siding - Asbestos was commonly used in roofing tiles, undercloak & rainwater goods, as well as in siding and cement sheets.

  3. Flooring - Asbestos was used in vinyl floor tiles & bitumen adhesive, linoleum & stair nosing to flooring, and paper backing materials.

  4. Automotive products - Asbestos was used in brake pads, clutch facings, and gaskets in automobiles & also brake lining to lifts.

  5. Textiles - Asbestos was used in fire-resistant clothing, gloves, and other textiles.

  6. Other products - Asbestos was also used in a variety of other products, including adhesives, sealants, and caulking materials.

Despite its usefulness, asbestos is a dangerous material that can cause serious health problems when its fibres are inhaled. As a result, the use of asbestos has been banned or restricted in many countries around the world.


Asbestos Boiler Room
Asbestos Thermal Insulation

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