Asbestos is a material formerly used in building construction from the 1940s to the 1980s.

It was popular because it was durable, fireproof and good for insulation.

It was banned due to being linked to severe health issues. These health issues were caused by people inhaling fibres.

Such health impacts include lung cancer, lung scarring, mesothelioma and more.

The material is safe until it is broken or damaged, which releases fibres into the air.

However, it was eventually found that the fibres were toxic to humans.

As such, production was stopped and using all forms of asbestos was banned.

It is safe if it is undamaged and undisturbed.

However, once it is damaged, fibres are released into the air that are invisible to the human eye and float through the air.

If breathed in, these fibres could cause lung scarring, lung cancer, mesothelioma and various other lung related issues.

The health impacts from asbestos can take 50 years to show, but asbestos has been linked to hundreds of deaths a year in Australia and kills 90,000 people per year across the world.

Asbestos was generally used in areas where water was likely to be used, such as the kitchen, bathroom or laundry as a form of waterproofing.

The fireproof properties of asbestos made it a popular form of insulation for heaters, stoves, fuse holders, hot water piping.

Asbestos was a popular material for rooves and walls too.

Wall sheeting, roof sheeting and capping, guttering, outbuildings (sheds, dog kennels etc), eaves and stormwater pipes are just some of the places that may contain asbestos.

Many vinyl and linoleum sheets and carpet floorings also contained asbestos-felt.

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