Asbestos is a combination of six naturally occurring minerals – crocidolite, amosite, tremolite, chrysolite, actnolite and anthrophyllite. Its fibrous composition contributes to its characteristic features – resistance to heat and electricity, sound absorption, high tensile strength, and durability. Due to these factors, asbestos was extensively used for commercial and industrial purposes. It was used in manufacturing roofs and ceilings, cement sheets. Asbestos was used as an important insulating
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material in boilers, steam engines, thermal products, etc.
Asbestos mining had existed for years. However, it was only in the 1920s that asbestos-related health risks gained attention. By 1989, around 500 people(working in the Wittenoom mines in West Australia) had died due to asbestos-related problems. Asbestos fibers can easily be inhaled, which ultimately reach the lungs. Constant or frequent exposure to high concentration of asbestos can lead to severe respiratory problems. It could ...