Asbestos has been used in over 3000 products, including heat resistant textiles (cloth, padding), cement products (sheets, pipes), special filters for industrial chemicals, thermal insulation products, friction materials (clutch, brakes), gaskets, floor tiles, wall cladding, roofing material, packing material, textured paint and protective paper.
It is a known carcinogenic and is responsible for progressive scarring of lung tissue and mesothelioma – a cancer in the lining of the chest cavity (the pleura) or, less commonly the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum).
Many sufferers of mesothelioma have worked in situations where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibre in other ways; for example by washing the clothes of a family member who has worked with asbestos, or by renovating using asbestos cement products and the DIY renovator.
It therefore makes a lot of sense requesting an Express Asbestos Inspection if there is any suspicion of asbestos in your home or if you are unsure of the condition of the existing asbestos, for example in the roofing.
Your Express Asbestos Report accurately identifies the source of any asbestos present, provides helpful reporting on the precise condition of any existing asbestos and can provide recommendations on removal and replacement according to New Zealand health and safety standards.
To ensure peace of mind an Express asbestos report is an absolute ‘must-have’ if you think of purchasing a property built pre 1985 as there may be asbestos in the property.