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ASBESTOS. Information for Engineers. Asbestos - Introduction. What is asbestos ? What products may contain asbestos ? Why is asbestos a problem ? What you should do Safe System of Work. What is Asbestos?. A group of naturally occurring minerals that can be separated into fibres

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Asbestos

ASBESTOS

Information for Engineers


Asbestos introduction
Asbestos - Introduction

  • What is asbestos ?

  • What products may contain asbestos ?

  • Why is asbestos a problem ?

  • What you should do

  • Safe System of Work

Jane Hallett 2002


What is asbestos
What is Asbestos?

  • A group of naturally occurring minerals that can be separated into fibres

  • Fibres are strong, durable and heat resistant, 30 million tons have been used in the UK

  • Fibres are also long, thin and flexible and have been woven into cloth

Jane Hallett 2002


3 main types of asbestos
3 Main Types of Asbestos

1. White asbestos from Canada

2. Brown asbestos from Africa

3. Blue asbestos from Africa and Australia

All types are equally harmful, but there have been more illnesses reported from handling Blue Asbestos than any other

Jane Hallett 2002


What products may contain asbestos

Pipe covering

Insulating cement

Insulating block

Gaskets

Floor tiles

Ceiling tiles

Board

Ships hulls

Packing materials

Adhesives

Sound proofing

Brake/clutch assemblies

Thermal seals

What Products may Contain Asbestos?

Jane Hallett 2002


Why is asbestos a problem
Why is Asbestos a Problem?

Thousands of people die each year because they breathed asbestos dust.

There is no cure for asbestos related diseases.

Jane Hallett 2002


What you should do
What You Should Do

Ask if asbestos is present

Be aware that asbestos could be present

If you are suspicious of a substance:

stop work and seek advice

Jane Hallett 2002


Safe system of work information only

DO

keep all materials damp

use hand tools only

wear a suitable respirator

double bag waste

label waste

wash before eating or leaving site

DO NOT

disturb suspicious dust

use power tools

breath in dust

use brushes or brooms

casually remove waste

take protective clothing home

Safe System of Work -Information Only

Jane Hallett 2002


Recap
Recap

  • Asbestos kills 30,000 people a year in UK

  • Millions of tons are present in buildings

  • It is safe until disturbed

    If unsure - STOP WORK & SEEK ADVICE

Jane Hallett 2002


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