Asbestos In Baby Powder And The Safer Alternative.

Asbestos In Baby Powder And The Safer Alternative.

Talcum powder has been a staple in many homes around the world for many years its been used for everything from keeping babies comfy to being added to many cosmetics for both adults and children .

There has been a lot of news lately regarding asbestos and baby powder and asbestos and talc powder products . Just like asbestos talk is a naturally occuring mineral wikipedia describes is as

“Talc or talcum is a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate” unfortunately these two minerals asbestos and talk can be found together in the ground and the cancer council of Australia has said recently

“According to the Cancer Council of Australia, in its natural form, some talc may contain asbestos, which is known to cause cancer. That’s because geologically,talc and asbestos can naturally form alongside each other. But not every talc deposit is contaminated with asbestos.”

So what is the risk and what types of cancer may be caused by asbestos. Here is a list of known cancers and diseases caused by asbestos .

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural thickening
  • Pleural effusion
  • Mesothelioma

Currently there is no cure for many of these types of cancer . So what are the alternatives ? Currently there is no research to suggest that cornstarch based powders pose any risk to your health . Experts recommend that you use all powders carefully and avoid inhaling any powder is best practice . because cornstarch powder is made from processes corn and not mixed with any minerals it cannot contain asbestos unless it is added on purpose, so we recommend choosing cornstarch powder that is 100% cornstarch powder .

Asbestos and Christmas

Asbestos and Christmas

Asbestos has played a big part in everyday life and Christmas is no exception . Asbestos in its purest form has similar characteristics visually to snow . There were so many asbestos products available for home use fake snow was readily available and often pure 100% asbestos .

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Asbestos was not only used in homes a fake snow Hollywood used in movies Christmas movies like “Miracle on 34th Street” and Bing Crosby’s ” Holiday inn” . Asbestos was used in nearly all oil lantern wicks back in those days as well !
Luckily these days the risks of deadly asbestos are known and it is no longer used as fake snow and sold into homes aor used in movies.
Caravans / food trucks and asbestos, are you serious?

Caravans / food trucks and asbestos, are you serious?

Asbestos was used for all sorts of products and just like just about every sector of construction asbestos was also used quite readily in caravans and food trucks built befor 1990 in Australia Asbestos was mainly used in caravans and food trucks for all the reasons why it was used everywhere else it was lightweight, fire proof, a great insulator, flexible, readily available and cheap.

All the properties caravan and food truck builders were looking for caravan and food truck owners were also looking for the same things in caravans it was a match made in hell unfortunately nobody was aware how deadly asbestos is.

Asbestos made its way into caravans primarily because standard building practices were used in the construction of caravans and food trucks , they had power, plumbing, internal frames and linings, insulation, windows in reality they were little houses and so were built to resemble family homes as much as possible inside.

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So where was asbestos found in caravans and food trucks ?

Vinyl asbestos floor tiles.In electrical components like flash guards in fuses.Asbestos backed linoAsbestos was mixed in the mastic on windowsAsbestos break padsGluesBody deadenerLaminates

So, what happens next? Just like all other “buildings” we suggest getting a pre-purchase inspection before you buy a dream renovator calling in asbestos experts and getting lab tests of suspected asbestos can save lives and help you make informed decisions about asbestos and asbestos removal in caravans. Call us we can help.

Asbestos Rapid Response Encapsulation Service

Asbestos Rapid Response Encapsulation Service

Coastal Asbestos Rapid response encapsulation system for fire damaged buildings.

Asbestos was used extensively in the construction of homes and commercial buildings in Australia before its total ban in 1985. Asbestos was used because of versatility and flexibility in many building products including walls, roofing, flooring, ceilings and some electrical appliances and commercial equipment like fire doors and components in lifts and plant rooms.

Safe work, Australia classes asbestos as either “friable” or “nonfriable” and their description of friable asbestos, is

“Friable asbestos is a material containing asbestos that when dry, is in powder form or may be crushed or pulverized into powder form using your hand.”

When nonfriable asbestos becomes damaged in fires, it is deemed to be friable and friable asbestos represents a clear and present danger to surrounding residents. This risk of friable asbestos spreading into the neighboring homes and streets can be managed by encapsulating the debris with an encapsulation compound applied directly to the rubble. Giving the building owners enough time to organize safe demolition of the structures and keeping the community safe from deadly asbestos fibers.

The deployment of the rapid response encapsulation system can be as soon as the fire had been put out and can last for many weeks, keeping the community safe and meet with the responsibilities property owners have and be a crucial part of an asbestos management plan for commercial and residential buildings that have been affected by fires.

Asbestos glues and Vinyl floor tiles

Asbestos glues and Vinyl floor tiles

Vinyl asbestos tiles ( VAT ) and tile glues were just one of the many uses of asbestos before their bans in Australia in 1985 in the building and construction industry . VAT’s we very popular in domestic and commercial construction . The same styles and grades were used for both types of construction because of their versatility durability and colour range . An asbestos expert can easily get a sample tested for you in a nationally accredited laboratory. Not all vinyl tiles contain asbestos and not all glues , but sometimes there was a combination of the two .

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A licenced asbestos removal professional should be engaged to remove VAT’s and the glue under neath . The glue comes in two distinct colors black and yellow or “emulsion tile glue” both may contain asbestos or be contaminated with asbestos from the VAT’s and visa versa .
There are two ways to remove the glue from vinyl tiles
1 With a solvent
2 With a floor grinder
Obviously the use of solvents is much more advisable because this method is unlikely to release any asbestos fibres . Grinding the floor releases asbestos fibres into the air making them friable and is a much more involved process and requires the use of A class asbestos removal professionals.
An example of what Black vinyl tile glue looks like after the vinyl tiles have been removed .

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Yellow vinyl tile glue or “emulsion tile glue “

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Asbestos internal walls removal a few facts you should know.

Asbestos internal walls removal a few facts you should know.

Australia was one of the biggest consumers of asbestos per capita in the world between the 1940’s and the early 2000’s . It was cheap,lightweight,strong,chemical resistant, waterproof, fire resistant, electrically inert and could be woven into a cloth or moulded into any shape . It was called the product with thousands of uses.

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Asbestos was used in nearly every part of homes sometimes only the frame is the only part of a home that had no asbestos in it . And if left alone it’s harmless but when renovations are undertaken in homes you need an expert asbestos removal company like us to come in .
The best practice is to remove whole sheets if possible but many times we have to remove the whole wall lining from corner to corner. Simple things like moving a doorway or getting rid of a wall sconce will usually require the total removal of the wall in a room or rooms .
You really need a asbestos removal specialist with specialised asbestos removal equipment and procedures if you are having asbestos removed in your family home . It’s not a job for a homeowner or a handyman and most builders don’t carry the correct insurance to cover you if the worse thing happens , your family home gets contaminated .
Asbestos fibres are microscopic and only highly trained professional asbestos removal companies should be trusted to carry out this work.