ASBESTOS MYTHS AND FACTS

ASBESTOS MYTHS AND FACTS 

Read the following questions and answers below for a comprehensive look at common asbestos myths and facts.

MYTH:  Asbestos fibres can be invisible.

This is true.

FACT:   Respirable asbestos fibres are extremely small and cannot be seen without a microscope.

MYTH:  Asbestos is no longer used.

This is a myth.

FACT:    While asbestos is prohibited in new materials within Australia, it is still widely present in existing products. In many other countries asbestos is still being used in new products.

MYTH:  Effects from asbestos exposure will be immediately felt.

This is a myth.

FACT:   Asbestos related diseases have a long latency period; meaning they take years to develop, while some people exposed do not develop any disease.

MYTH: White asbestos is less hazardous than blue or brown asbestos.

This is true.

FACT:   White asbestos (chrysotile) is considered less hazardous than amphiboles such as blue or brown asbestos, and is less likely to cause mesothelioma. However, white asbestos is hazardous and carcinogenic, and should be treated with the same precautions as other forms of asbestos.

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