WHAT IS IT?

  • A mineral fibre present in some rocks.
     
  • Asbestos was used in many industrial and technical applications.
     
  • Its properties:
    • heat resistance
    • good electrical and thermal insulation
    • good mechanical strength (reinforcing materials).
       
  • It has been prohibited in Switzerland since 1990.
     
  • It is present in nearly 80% of the buildings in Geneva.
     
THE COLOURED ELEMENTS REPRESENT ASBESTOS FIBRES ON A HAIR.
 

ASBESTOS FIBRES ON THE WEAVE OF A STANDARD VACUUM CLEANER BAG. THE SMALL SIZE OF ASBESTOS PARTICLES ALLOWS THEM TO TRAVEL THROUGH THE FIBRES OF THE BAG.