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Asbestos: a major health problem

Asbestos is a major public health and occupational health problem: this material with multiple qualities has proven to be highly toxic. It has been used extensively and the number of cancers it has induced is increasing. Banned in France since 1997, it remains present in many buildings and equipment. From 400 to 500 times less thick than a hair, asbestos fibres are invisible in the dust of the atmosphere. Inhaled, they can settle to the bottom of the lungs and cause severe respiratory illness.

Asbestos has long been considered a miracle material, inexpensive and with exceptional qualities.

Asbestos has long been considered a miracle material, inexpensive and with exceptional qualities. It has been used extensively for over 130 years. Asbestos consumption in France was at its highest level between 1973 and 1975, when about 150 000 tonnes/year were used. Several thousand products for industrial or domestic use have been manufactured.

They can be classified according to their presentation:

- raw asbestos in bulk was used for thermal insulation in stuffing or flocking (spraying) ;
- woven or braided asbestos was also used for thermal insulation of pipes, personal protective equipment (PPE), electrical cables... ;
- Asbestos in the form of paper or cardboard sheets of variable thickness (5 to 50 mm) was used for the thermal insulation of heating equipment, false ceilings, joints... ;
- asbestos in the form of felt was mainly used for filtration ;
- asbestos incorporated in the form of powder was present in gypsum-based mortars, adhesive mortars, glues, finishing plasters... ;
- asbestos mixed with cement (asbestos-cement) has made it possible to manufacture multiple compounds for construction : corrugated sheets, façade elements, ventilation ducts, pipes... ;
- asbestos as mineral filler was incorporated in paints, varnishes, sealants, insulation foams... ;
- asbestos mixed with plastics or elastomers was used to manufacture seals, coatings, household utensils, brake linings... ;
- asbestos incorporated in bitumen was used for waterproofing roofs, against corrosion, for road surfaces.

The use of asbestos was progressively restricted until its total ban in France in 1997. None of these asbestos products have been manufactured in or imported into France since that date. However, there are still asbestos materials, particularly in buildings.
There is a inventory of trade names of products containing asbestos constructed from the manufacturers' declarations made by INRS in 1998.

Professionals in construction, maintenance or repair work, you risk being exposed to asbestos because of your professional activity. You must protect yourself and your employees.

How to do it?
Before any work, ask yourself the right questions, know how to identify the risks of exposure. - Was the building constructed before 1997? If so, are any building materials used likely to contain asbestos?
- What is the nature of the intervention to be performed? On what types of materials?
- Will the operation(s) release dust?

You can only intervene once you know exactly what risks you or your employees are exposed to. This evaluation phase helps you to select the least exposure method for the intervention to be carried out: eliminate or even reduce as much as possible all exposure to asbestos dust in order to protect your health and that of your employees.
Some jobs files are available on the INRS website to help you find examples of technical solutions to implement.

- INRS website,
- INRS website dedicated to asbestos.
To go further: download the complete guide dedicated to the removal or encapsulation of materials containing asbestos.