The Asbestos SA Blog – About Asbestos

How can I be exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos is a risk to health only when the fibres are dispersed in the air and inhaled into the lungs. When asbestos is contained within another material and fibres are not liberated, the risk to health is minimal., However, any work or process that disturbs the...

How do I recognise asbestos material?

Asbestos in buildings is present in either loose, friable form (such as loose insulation material) or, more often, hidden within another material (such as asbestos cement products). Fibres might be visible in the friable form but are seldom seen in asbestos-cement and...

How big is the problem?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide there are more than 100 000 asbestos-related deaths per year and that, currently, 125 million workers are exposed to the deadly fibre. In the United Kingdom, the death toll is estimated at approximately 3...

What is the danger?

Asbestos fibres inhaled into the lungs may cause a range of serious lung diseases, including asbestosis (scarring of the lung), lung cancer and mesothelioma (a malignant and fatal tumour that grows on the lining of the lung). Symptoms Early symptoms of disease may...

Where do I find Asbestos?

Asbestos, often mixed with cement, was mostly used in buildings and can be found in roofs, gutters, pipes, boilers, ceiling tiles, insulation boards, sprayed coatings and many other products. In fact, asbestos was so popular during the past century that more than 3000...

Asbestos Regulations

Are You Compliant ?   Do you know that according to the regulations an asbestos register must be made available on request? Please make sure that you are up to date with the asbestos regulations. Let US help you to be compliant. We will assess your building to...

How We Can Assist

Asbestos SA (Pty) Ltd is an asbestos contractor that can complete an asbestos checklist of your property, which means we will walk through the property and check all the areas where possible asbestos could be found, including roofs, gutters, ceilings, lagging, water...

ASBESTOS REGULATION (10 FEB 2002) AWARENESS

According to Regulation 7 (1) (a) of the said regulation, the employer or self-employed person should do an assessment of the building he / she owns or rent. This means that if you rent the property you, as lessee, must have an asbestos register on the premises. To...

What are the legal requirements related to asbestos?

Many people don’t know what the legal requirements are relating to asbestos. Here is what you need to know: The South African Department of Labour Asbestos Regulations (No.155 of 2002) prohibit an employer or a self-employed individual from carrying out work that will...

Asbestos Health Risks

Asbestosis is a restrictive lung disease which can be fatal. In addition, exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer and a cancer of the lung lining called mesothelioma. While lung cancer has a number of associated causes, asbestosis and mesothelioma are uniquely...