What Is Asbestos? | Why Is It Dangerous?
What is asbestos & asbestos encapsulation?
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals, which all have in common their eponymous asbestiform habit. I.e. long, thin fibrous crystals, with each visible fiber composed of millions of microscopic “fibrils” that can be released by abrasion and other processes. Asbestos encapsulation means to coat these fibres to ensure none are released into the air.
Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc) and causes around 5000 deaths every year.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
- Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, this is more than the number of people killed on the road
- Around 20 tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure
- However, it is not just a problem of the past. It can be present today in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately; they often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important that you protect yourself now.
This information was taken from http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/index.htm (Health & Safety Executive) which you can get the full information on asbestos.
The good news is that asbestos roofs can be encapsulated using a suitable coating system. This saves the problem of having to get specialists in to clean and prep, or to remove the existing asbestos.
Elasto-Kote is an ideal solution for this type of roof as it is used to encapsulate asbestos, and waterproof at the same time.