Asbestos » What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the ground. It contains strong fibres that have excellent durability, fire resistance and insulating properties.

  • Asbestos fibres are 50-200 times thinner than a human hair
  • Asbestos fibres can float in the air for a long time
  • Asbestos fibres can be invisible to the naked eye
  • Asbestos fibres can be breathed into the lungs

Asbestos was manufactured into many different materials commonly found in the Australian building industry between the 1940s and the late 1980s.

All forms of asbestos have been nationally banned from use since 31 December 2003.

Please remember!
You can not tell that a product contains asbestos by the naked eye. The only proven method to identify asbestos in materials is to have a sample analysed.

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