Facts about Asbestos Cement at a Glance

Facts about Asbestos Cement at a Glance

  • Chrysotile variety of Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral.
  • Chrysotile is also known as White Asbestos.
  • Chrysotile (White fibre) used in the manufacture of asbestos cement products under controlled conditions does not pose any health risk.
  • Only Chrysotile (white fibre) is used in manufacturing of Asbestos Cement Products in India.
  • Use of Chrysotile fibre in manufacturing Asbestos Cement products has definite history of safety.
  • Amphibole (Blue and Brown) asbestos fibres are not produced in the world now. And therefore not used in India.
  • Health problems in the West in the past were due to different uses which are not relevant to Indian context. (refer to “Uses in Western World not relevant to India� for more details).
  • No health problem is reported in the Western world in Asbestos Cement products containing only Chrysotile (White fibre).
  • Only 8-9% of Chrysotile fibres are used which are locked in cement matrix in Asbestos Cement Products and cannot escape into environment.
  • No excess of Lung Cancer was observed in studies when White Asbestos is used in manufacture of cement products. (Dr.Gardner, Ohlson, H.F.Thomas, WHO, Health & Safety Executive, U.K.).
  • No Lung Cancer observed in Asbestos Cement plants studies in India.
  • Thousands of asbestos fibres, invisible, are inhaled by us every day from natural resources, without any harm.
  • Fibre levels under asbestos cement roofs are of the same order in general environment and is never a problem.
  • Ingestion of Asbestos fibres poses no health problems � World Health Organization.
  • Asbestos Cement Products are more strong, durable, economical, energy conserving and Eco-friendly.
  • Chrysotile Asbestos Cement products are NOT banned in USA, Canada and many other developed nations.
  • The US Court of Appeals rejected a proposed ban on scientific grounds.
  • India accounts for only 16-18% of Chrysotile Asbestos World consumption. The rest of it is used in over 160 countriesn.