When asbestos is mentioned, what comes to mind for most Australians is how dangerous it is and the illnesses associated with it. This happens when you are exposed to asbestos, by inhaling its dust, which causes serious medical issues and even leading to death. The illnesses caused by inhaling asbestos containing materials for extended periods of time include asbestosis, which is a type of pneumoconiosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
So how did such a harmful mineral substance come to be used in buildings? Mining of this mineral substance (asbestos) is believed to have begun more than 4,000 years ago in a small scale manner. This small scale mining went on until the end of the 19th century, when people starting noticing that it had very high sound absorption, resistance to heat and affordability.
The beneficial aspects of asbestos led to its popularity among domestic Tiny Home Builder Workers, especially after War II, in the 1950's. Building a stylish home became cheaper, because of the durability and affordability of asbestos sheets. Moreover, cement containing asbestos was commonly used as a cladding material in various areas within the house like the garage, shed, and rainwater gutters.
Years after it had become an attractive building substance and material, medical researchers noticed that there were so many people dying early and others developing lung problems in towns that it was being mined in. This led to many European countries banning usage and manufacturing of asbestos products where majority of its consumption was taking place.
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