Category Archives: About asbestos

Asbestos bans around the world

Although asbestos has now been banned in around 56 countries, some still allow its use for certain products if specific regulations are adhered to. It’s been estimated that 140 countries still have no ban or restrictions in place, however. Holiday destinations including Thailand, Bali, India and Mexico have yet to impose a ban, but perhaps […]

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Tremolite, Anthophyllite and Actinolite asbestos

These three forms of asbestos may be less familiar, but still pose a significant danger to health if their fibres are inhaled. They weren’t used as prolifically in industry as crocidolite, amosite and chrysotile, but are still present in many insulating and fireproofing materials. Tremolite Tremolite (Calcium Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide) is part of the amphibole […]

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Why Some Countries Will Not Ban Asbestos

In 1931, the United Kingdom introduced the first asbestos regulations to control this toxic cancer causing mineral. In 1999, sixty-eight years after that first regulation, the UK officially prohibited all use of asbestos. This happened just 16 years after Iceland became the first country to issue a complete ban on the deadly mineral. Since then, […]

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Everything you need to know about asbestos


Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous mineral that naturally occurs in the ground. For nearly 150 years, it was widely used to create fireproofing, insulating, and soundproofing products. Six different minerals can be described as ‘asbestos’ and are all known carcinogens, though the three main types used in Britain were chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite.  Their prolific […]

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Is fracking the new asbestos?

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has approved plans to frack for shale gas at a site in Lancashire. The proposals were originally rejected by Lancashire County Council, and the government’s decision has caused anger and dismay amongst anti-fracking campaigners in the area. Concerns for the health of those living close to fracking sites, as well as […]

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Asbestos friability: What does it mean?

“Easily crumbled or reduced to powder” From the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) definition of friability, it’s easy to see why the condition of asbestos-containing materials is one of the most important issues when assessing their risk. The most dangerous are characterised by high friability levels. These include sprayed asbestos coatings and loose-fill insulation, but […]

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