What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a common name for a group of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals that are made up of thin but strong durable fibers. Because of its tensile strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used extensively in building materials such as ceilings, insulation and tiles, automobile clutch and transmission parts and heat resistant fabrics.
Asbestos is a mineral and is relatively stable in the environment unless they are disturbed. Natural weathering or upon damage or disturbance of asbestos-containing products, the microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs or ingested with contaminated food where they can cause significant health problems.