Asbestos is a generic term for a number of fibrous silicate rock-forming minerals. As a naturally occurring rock fibre, asbestos is mined then broken down from mineral clumps into groups of loose fibres.
Airborne Asbestos fibres are small, odourless and tasteless. It presents a health risk when it crumbles and the fine fibres are breathed into the lungs.
About Asbestos Protective Clothing
Anyone handling Asbestos should be provided with protective clothing that will be used ONLY when working with Asbestos in order to avoid contamination to other areas/persons where Asbestos is not present.
The clothing should:
Be made of a fabric that resists penetration by Asbestos fibers .
Be immediately replaced or repaired if torn .
Cover the entire body - including the head and feet - and fit snugly at the neck, ankles, and wrists .
sometimes resulting in the occurrence of heat-related disorders.
Workers should be familiar with the clothing before undertaking their first task involving Asbestos . They should also be aware that the clothing is tight-fitting and can be hot.