Investigating asbestos


Asbestos was used widely in a number of industries between 1945 and 1980. It was also mined in Australia and exported. In the 1970s it became widely known that exposure to asbestos can cause major health effects. The health risks arise from breathing asbestos into the lungs.

Asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and pleural disease are the main asbestos related diseases which often develop many years after exposure. Hundreds of people are suing mining companies and other companies that used asbestos.

In this unit, Investigating asbestos (550KB), students look at how people have been affected by asbestos in Australia, how asbestos has been used and the continued risks despite the ban on all asbestos products.

Author: Lee Kindler

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