Asbestos is an insulating material that is heat and fire resistant. In the past, asbestos was used widely in the:
- Building industry
- Ship building industry
- Manufacture of household appliances
- Motor industry
- Power stations
- Telephone exchanges
Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause various cancers, including a lung cancer called mesothelioma. While cases of mesothelioma occur in men who have worked in manufacturing using asbestos or who have used asbestos products, some homeowners may also be at risk… especially if they are living in an environment with hidden asbestos.