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Asbestos fibre
Domain: Health and safety at work => Risk factors => Asbestos
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Elongated thin filament released by asbestos-containing materials. If asbestos fibres become airborne and are then inhaleted, they accumulate in the lungs, leading to serious diseases.
The fibres have high tensile strength, and chemical, electrical and heat resistance,properties that made asbestos extremely useful as a building/insulation material.
Definition source
HSE leaflet "FAQ on asbestos related disease statistics" (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/asbindex.htm)
European legislation
Directives 76/769/EEC, 83/477/EEC, 2003/18/EC
British legislation
Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, The Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations 1992 (as amended)
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