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Asbestos is a term for a group of six naturally occurring mineral fibers belonging to two groups:
Serpentine Group – comprised of only chrysotile (white asbestos)
Amphibole Group – comprised of anthophyllite, amosite (brown asbestos or gray asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), tremolite, and actinolite.
Asbestos, predominantly chrysotile and crocidolite, was mined in Australia until late 1984. Records also show that between 1930 and 1983, approximately 1.5 million tons of all forms of asbestos was imported into Australia.
Approximately one-third of all homes built in Australia contain asbestos products. As a general rule, if your house was built before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely that it would have some asbestos containing materials. If your house was built between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely that it would have asbestos containing materials. If your house was built after 1990, it is unlikely that it would have asbestos containing materials.
Both friable and non-friable asbestos pose a significant health risk to all workers and others if the materials are not properly maintained or removed carefully.
The risk of exposure from the built environment is broad, with the potential to impact the entire Australian community.

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September 11: Death toll could rise by millions from 'toxic' asbestos dust.By James Gorman
The death toll from the September 11 terror attack could soar into the millions as a result of the toxic dust that blanketed New York City when the Twin Towers collapsed.

Residents have already started to develop cancers caused by the asbestos-filled ash that erupted from the World Trade Centre skyscrapers, and a leading health expert has warned it will only get worse.

"In 15-20 years we are going to see a serious health issue here in New York. We haven't even seen the tip of this iceberg yet," Dr Raja Flores, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital, NY, told

"There's almost nine million people in New York… a lot more people may have been exposed (to asbestos fibres) than we first thought. It contaminated a huge portion of the city and that entire population was exposed," Dr Flores said.
Hidden in the dust was more than 400,000 kilograms of asbestos, mercury, fibreglass and benzene.

It was inhaled – in varying doses – by almost everyone in the city.

Last weekend, hero US firefighter Ray Pfeifer died from brain and lung cancer that was linked to his work at Ground Zero.

Pfeifer was one of many emergency servicemen and women who spent more than eight months cleaning up the wreckage of the World Trade Centre.

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In Australia, asbestos was widely used in construction and other industries between 1946 and 1980. From the 1970s there was increasing concern about the dangers of asbestos, and its use was phased out. Mining ceased in 1983. The use of asbestos was phased out in 1989 and banned entirely in December 2003. The dangers of asbestos are now well known in Australia and there are help and support for sufferers from asbestosis or mesothelioma.

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It is now known that prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious and fatal illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.Health issues related to asbestos exposure can be found in records dating back to Roman times. By the beginning of the 20th-century, concerns were beginning to be raised, which escalated in severity during the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1980s and 1990s asbestos, trade and use started to become banned outright, phased out, or heavily restricted in an increasing number of countries.

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In 2009, 2 million tons of asbestos were mined worldwide. The Russian Federation was the largest producer with about 50% world share followed by China (14%), Brazil (12.5%), Kazakhstan (10.5%) and Canada (9%)

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