Asbestos, an understanding.

At Manners Pimblett we have decided to run a series of articles focusing on Asbestos. The aim is to educate as many tradesmen as possible to the perils of asbestos. As new generations of plumbers, electricians, plasterers and builders enter into the industry, skills and techniques are passed on. Awareness of Asbestos is often overlooked.

Asbestos is amazing!

The word Asbestos covers a group of fibrous mineral silicates that have taken millennia to form under volcanic conditions. There are many different types of asbestos, but the three main commercial types of Asbestos are as follows:

  • Chrysolite which is white asbestos
  • Amosite brown asbestos
  • Crocidolite blue asbestos

Chrysolite or white asbestos is from the serpentine group of minerals (they are curly in composition). Chrysolite asbestos fibres are also the most flexible and can withstand intense heat. These properties in white asbestos enable it to be woven like cotton to produce flame retardant materials. Chrysolite asbestos was also combined with cement to produce heat resistant building materials. Chrysolite is resistant to alkaline so not effected by the cement.

Amosite is a member of the Amphibole group of asbestos. Its spiky fibres have good tensile strength and are resistant to heat. Amosite asbestos was used on structural steel for heat/flame resistance properties. Amosite asbestos was also used in air-conditioning and acoustic purposes. The density of asbestos makes it an ideal sound dampener.

Crocidolite or blue asbestos has a high resistance to acids and due to its abundance was widely used to lag pipes and as a sprayed insulation. We will get onto the medical implications of asbestos contamination in a later article but Crocidolite is deemed the most lethal of the asbestos groups.

The Magic Mineral

If human beings and Asbestos were not so incompatible then - we would revere Asbestos as being truly magic. After there are not many minerals or compounds that have the following properties:

  • Strength
  • Incombustibility
  • Can be used as a binding agent - with Cement?
  • Resistance to high temperatures
  • Resistance to electrical current
  • Resistance to acids and alkalis
  • Absorbs sound

Where is Asbestos used?

  • Roofs and exterior walls including guttering and tiles
  • Boilers, vessels and pipe work
  • Ceilings
  • Interior walls and panels
  • Flooring materials
  • Air conditioning and air handling systems
  • Domestic appliances like boilers
  • Plus a range of products including fire blankets and water tanks.

You can imagine the scientist's disappointment, when they discovered that Asbestos can do so much yet the negative aspects or the medical side effects on Humans is so counter productive. The assumption to use such a capable substance as asbestos if applied in a safe manner was never made. The various industries involved in the use of asbestos did not know about the long term medical effects. Asbestosis and related asbestos illnesses can take twenty to twenty five years to present.

This series of articles on Asbestos from Manners Pimblett are designed to give an insight into Asbestos and a background on the use of Asbestos over the past 30 or 40 years. The long term effects of asbestos contamination are really only just being felt. Those in construction, home improvement and trades industries need to know about Asbestos. If you need to know about making a claim for an asbestos related illness or any other industrial related disease or illness then please do not hesitate in contacting Manners Pimblett on 0845 077 0772 

The next Manners Pimblett Article "Asbestos related illness"

Contact us now...
Make a claim with our online accident claim form
Free claim calculator
accident claims
injury claims
Call us 24/7 on 0800 970 2907

Article archive

November 2015 August 2015 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 April 2013 February 2013 January 2013 November 2012 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010