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Johns Manville, a large manufacturer of asbestos products was driven to near bankruptcy in the early 1980′s due to the number asbestos related claims.
W.R Grace exposed the entire town of Libby, Montana to asbestos with its vermiculite mining operations.
Eternit, a large European asbestos manufacturing company, the Italian division went bankrupt in 1986, was in the news recently (Feb 2012), when an Italian court in Turin found former owners, Swiss billionaire, Stephan Schmidheiny and a Belgian baron, Louis de Cartier de Marchienne guilty of failing to provide a safe work environment for workers, and exposing nearby residents to asbestos dust. Worldwide and just like in Australia, asbestos cement was a big part of the building industry, especially in the post war years where it was heavily promoted as a cheaper and faster alternative to traditional methods of building construction.
With that in mind, I present readers with some interesting photos of asbestos from overseas…. What’s concerning about the above house, is it looks to be in state of disrepair and may be subject to renovation or demolition. Again in Mostar…Though the house has a clay or concrete tiled roof, there is a spare sheet of corrugated asbestos leaning against the gutter to act as a makeshift awning.
A quick search on the internet reveals that Taiwan looks still to manufacturing products made from asbestos eg.
Thankfully, concrete tiles and sheet metal roofs are now nearly always used on new constructions in Malaysia. Small roof over a Telekom Malaysia junction box in Alor Star, made from corrugated asbestos cement.


Unfortunately, many builders who are involved in demolition of older structures tend to smash up asbestos cement sheeting, as it’s easier to handle this way. In my investigations I came across a hardware store in Penang displaying *new* Humedex sheets for sale displayed outside the warehouse. I was fortunate to find and photograph a plastic information wrapper on this batch of Humedex.
Humedex plastic wrapping showing do and do not’s with a fixing and installation guide, but no asbestos warning?
I hope this article gives readers an insight into asbestos of three other countries, which like Australia, have a legacy of asbestos. GET THREE ASBESTOS REMOVAL QUOTESEnter your details to get the cheapest price for asbestos removal.
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You can select a preferred day and time of delivery between 6pm-7am and we will call you within 24hrs to confirm. Not only has this created a huge general awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos for the general public, it has rocked corporate Australia with large compensation payouts and often with negative publicity for corporate social responsibility. The vermiculite was found to be contaminated with asbestos and was unfortunately also used in a vermiculite based insulation sold under the name of Zonolite. In some parts of the world, asbestos is still a key component of fibre cement products, notably, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and China are still importing raw Chrysotile (white asbestos) for manufacture of asbestos cement products…which is surprising since the technology for producing asbestos free fibre cement is available and the risks of being exposed to asbestos fibres is well documented. There is quite a coverage of asbestos cement sheeting on the roof and when the time comes for repairs or demolition, one wonders if the demolition crew will take the appropriate safety precautions for asbestos disposal to prevent the workers and neighbours being exposed to asbestos fibres. Breaking up sheets like this can release dangerous asbestos fibres into the surroundings which can be inhaled.
Let’s hope the Taiwanese know how to safely demolish and dispose of buildings made from asbestos cement without causing damage to workers lungs and nearby residents. Though Humedex’s popularity has dwindled over the years, there is still a market for replacement sheets for older buildings. It looks as if they are producing cellulose based fibre cement sheeting, but I spotted these pallets of ridge capping, curved roof components and corrugated sheeting and wondering if they are also making asbestos based products as well. Large corporate losses like this finally sent a big wakeup call to any company dealing with asbestos, and finally after years of denial, governments and businesses have taken the dangers of asbestos seriously. The company continued to mine and produce the product up to 1990 despite knowing the vermiculite it mined was contaminated and the subsequent health effects of asbestos.


The problem with reusing old sheets like this is each time the sheet is moved or transported, there is potential for release of asbestos fibres and exposing the person handling the sheet. However, a plan for phasing out asbestos will begin in 2015, and by 2020 manufacturing of all construction materials made from asbestos will cease.
Not to mention the extremely hazardous forms of friable asbestos such asbestos insulation lagging found in oil refineries, power stations and ships. Entire factories were built from corrugated asbestos cement sheets and many are still in use…(Australia also had plenty of industrial buildings built the same way).
Incidentally, many foreign workers are employed in the building industry who are often desperate for a job and will do anything, and usually for quite low wages.
I could not find a specification sheet from the manufacturer and very little information is available on the internet about these sheets, which is surprising considering how widespread their use is. Bear in mind, the economics of asbestos removal for some people in these countries can be a big factor and when it comes to renovation or demolition of structures containing asbestos, then it’s tempting to do it the cheapest way possible. The United States government estimate 35 millions homes contain vermiculite‚Ķmany of which used the asbestos contaminated variety.
Also inside the house there could be more asbestos, such flat sheeting on the ceiling or walls and dangerous friable asbestos lagging over hot water pipes.
Though left as it is, I’d say the occasional asbestos fibre would be released into the surroundings, however the biggest potential danger will come if the roof is demolished without proper precautions. For example, when the sheet is being transported in the back of trailer or ute there will be some scraping due to loading & unloading, which will release asbestos. As for laws regarding asbestos, yes there there are laws and standards, it’s easy for governments pass laws. Any smashing up of the sheeting and throwing into a truck or dump bin will release huge amounts of asbestos fibres, exposing the workers and nearby residents. Also, the new owner may be tempted the drill and cut the sheet to size, thus again releasing even more asbestos fibres. But quite often the laws are not enforced or the the laws are not applicable in certain circumstances such as domestic or DIY renovations. In addition, the fragile state of the roof makes it a danger to walk on with risk of falling through.



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