Mineral fibre-based building materials and their health hazards

A.F. Gualtieri,     Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy


Asbestos minerals have always been considered somehow magic as they exhibit unique outstanding technological properties. Unfortunately, the fibrous crystal habit of asbestos minerals is thought to be the cause of their potential toxicity. There are two contesting fronts in the world today: those countries which consider all asbestos minerals as potentially carcinogenic substances and have banned them, and those which did not ban chrysotile asbestos and recommend its safe use. In the countries where all asbestos minerals are banned, the reclamation of asbestos containing material (ACM) requires specific ...

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