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ASBESTOS Information for Engineers. Jane Hallett 2002 Asbestos - Introduction What is asbestos ? What products may contain asbestos ? Why is asbestos.

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1 ASBESTOS Information for Engineers

2 Jane Hallett 2002 Asbestos - Introduction What is asbestos ? What products may contain asbestos ? Why is asbestos a problem ? What you should do Safe System of Work

3 Jane Hallett 2002 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

4 Jane Hallett 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

5 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

6 Jane Hallett 2002 Why is Asbestos a Problem? Thousands of people die each year because they breathed asbestos dust. There is no cure for asbestos related diseases.

7 Jane Hallett 2002 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

8 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

9 Jane Hallett 2002 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


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