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Asbestos, or asbestos, is one of the components of fiber cement, a building material that in Spain was marketed by the Uralita company, hence it is commonly known as uralite. It is composed of microscopic fibers that can remain airborne long enough to represent a respiratory risk.

This material has been used in a wide variety of manufactured products and is very profitable for companies because of its properties (insulating, mechanical, chemical and heat and flame resistance) and its low cost.

The simple fact of being in contact with asbestos is almost no risk to health but the situation changes when the contact is prolonged and the material is handled so that the fibers pass into the air and are easily breathable. This happens in demolitions, jobs such as cutting, drilling, breaking or when the material is very aged. In this way, the fibers can adhere to clothing and the risk of entering the breathing air increases.


Where is it located?
This material is present in roof covering tiles, tiles, cement products and also in automotive tools such as clutch, brakes or transmission components. In addition, it is used for fireproof suits of pilots or firefighters.

Asbestos can also be found in railway materials, in shipbuilding, ship repair and scrapping objects ... as well as in the steel industry or in the electric sector (thermal and nuclear power plants).

What kind of diseases can it cause?
The diseases that can cause are those of the respiratory system. Lung cancer is the deadliest of the diseases that affect people exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is considered a cocarcinogen, that is, an external physical, chemical or biological agent capable of producing cancer, such as tobacco.

Another disease is malignant mesothelioma, another type of cancer but, in this case, affects the pleura and peritoneum. It usually occurs in people who have been exposed to asbestos for work reasons, although symptoms may not appear until 20 or 30 years after exposure. Its consequences are totally serious since there is no cure for this disease and in addition, the average life expectancy once the disease is detected is nine months.

Asbestosis is a disease directly associated with asbestos exposure. It consists in the development of pulmonary fibrosis after asbestos inhalation. As malignant mesothelioma develops over the years and the symptoms are respiratory distress that worsens as the disease progresses, dry cough and tightness in the chest.

When was the sale of asbestos banned in Spain?
In December 2001, Spain was ahead of the maximum deadline set by the EU and prohibited the commercialization and use of white asbestos, the only type that was still being used. The varieties most harmful to health, blue asbestos and brown asbestos, were banned in our country in 1984 and 1993, respectively.

However, there is still asbestos in constructions prior to the ban, so it is recommended that workers dedicate themselves to professions related to demolition and maintenance, always wear Personal Protective Equipment. In any case, there are companies specialized in the removal of asbestos that can ensure a deamiantado professional, safe and free of contamination remains.


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We offer expertise in asbestos surveying, specialising in the built environment. With the use of discreet and precise asbestos sampling you will, as a result of our partnership, have complied with the current legislation and met your duty to manage.


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Chris Jelfs and his team have extensive experience in asbestos Project Management, asbestos surveying, asbestos sampling and the monitoring of asbestos works