You might be aware of the fact that during World War II, asbestos was given a title called ‘miracle mineral’ by many. The reason is that, back then they needed a great insulation and strengthening agent and asbestos was the perfect solution at the time. In fact, thousands of construction and building industries made the most of this material by adding them with plastics and cements in order to make the structures and materials stronger. Asbestos can be easily separated into threads, which will never conduct electricity and this was seen as a major benefit over many other insulators. In addition, asbestos is very resistant to many types of chemicals and heat as well.
Shipbuilding was one of the major industries that involved handling asbestos. In this field, asbestos was widely used for supporting vessels and freighters to insulate boilers, hot water pipes and of course steam pipes. Since this material was easy to obtain, process and to transfer, this mineral was hailed as miracle mineral until people were not aware of the fact that it could cause a wide range of health disorders on the other hand. Slowly, some automotive industries also started using this material for manufacturing clutches brakes and other automotive parts. Overall, asbestos found its way into vermiculite garden materials, floor tiles and ceiling, sewage materials, water supply, industrial and residential building materials.
Later, many local governments started banning usage of asbestos after realizing the fact that many are dying by suffering with disorders caused by its fibers. However, still the demand for this material was great. Hence, the usage allowed for a certain period of time after finding some new ways to keep the fibers of asbestos undisturbed, or on the other hand, how to stay away from ill effects after disturbing the fibers. But eventually it became apparent that the dangers outweighed the benefits, and the industry of asbestos removal was born. Of course now there are government agencies setup to regulate this process and the removal of asbestos, which are exclusively created for making sure that people are not much exposed to the dangers of asbestos while working with asbestos removal companies. It is strictly advised for each and every company dealing with asbestos to provide all sorts of safety equipments for the employees. In fact, you would have already come across people wearing the proper safety glasses, helmets, suits, gloves and other safety gear while working with asbestos materials. Therefore, although asbestos have been ignored so long for health dangers associated with it, it can be a great way to make a living, if you are aware of the risks and take care of your own personal safety – given these difficult economic times.