The Myths About Asbestos

Date Published: 
Sun, 01/01/1995

Authors unknown. London Hazards Centre. 1995. 

One of the American asbestos industry's primary arguments against stringent regulation is that the toxics are "locked in" to many products, like cement. This British safety manual explains why this argument doesn't hold. All asbestos is exposed to human activity: Cutting, drilling, transporting and very day handling. And the "'locked in'" argument does not allow for routine maintenance activity, let alone removal and demolition work, damage by fire, and other types of damage." To further undermine the "locked in" argument, is has been shown that asbestos cement still releases fibers into the surrounding area "under normal wear and tear conditions."