What Is Asbestos And Why Asbestos Abatement Is Required?

At Astra Restorations, based out of Calgary, Alberta, we know first-hand the importance of asbestos awareness. Even a cursory awareness of what asbestos is and where it might exist in your home, commercial, or industrial property could save you and your family or employees from devastating and life-threatening diseases.

Asbestos is the name given to a group of natural mineral silicates composed of small fibres. Asbestos was once considered useful for its resistance to heat, fire, chemicals, and wear. It was also used as an effective binding medium in combination cement and plastic. Until the 1980s, asbestos was extremely common in building materials and other items throughout the home.

Today, however, asbestos is primarily known for the dangers it poses to health. Since the 1980s, when awareness of these dangers became known, the usage of asbestos has been in significant decline and legislated against. Importation of asbestos as a raw fibre is currently prohibited in Canada and a complete ban of asbestos, including its use, importation, and exportation will come into effect in Canada by 2018.

Nevertheless, even though the manufacture and use of materials and products containing asbestos is significantly less than it once was, asbestos-containing products and materials still contaminate tens of thousands of homes in Canada, leading to thousands of deaths. You may be surrounded by asbestos in the materials of your home or workplace. You may also be contacting them in the items you use every day.

At Astra Restorations, we stress the importance of asbestos awareness. Being able to identify asbestos on your property could be imperative to your long-term health. Remember, though, that asbestos should never be handled by an untrained individual. The handling of asbestos releases asbestos fibres into the air which are much more dangerous than in their inert form. Only a highly-trained individual, like those at Astra Restorations, with the proper tools and safety protocols, should remove asbestos from your home or work space.



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ASTRA Construction Management strictly follows guidelines set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC). We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating, and we hold COR safety certificate.

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