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HSL investigation refutes asbestos claims over safe cement

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) have investigated claims that chrysotile in asbestos cement changes into a non-asbestos fibrous material called Casitile. The claims also suggested that this process is 100% efficient and no chrysotile asbestos remains in the matrix and no release of airborne chrysotile fibres can occur.

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Electron Microscopy
A method of asbestos sample analysis which utilizes an electron beam to differentiate between fibres.

Emergency Renovation Operation
A renovation operation that was not planned but results from a sudden, unexpected event that, if not immediately attended to, presents a safety or public health hazard, is necessary to protect equipment from damage, or is necessary to avoid imposing an unreasonable financial burden. This term includes operations necessitated by nonroutine failures of equipment.

EMBS
Estate Management and Building Service, a division of the Unified Administration Service that has principal roles in asbestos management within the University controlled buildings in conjunction with HSD.

Employee Exposure
Exposure to airborne asbestos that would occur if the employee were not using respiratory protective equipment.

Employee Notification
Informing employees or building occupants if asbestos is present in the building, also informing them of the hazards associated with asbestos exposure, what is being done to eliminate the problem, etc.

Employer's Liability
Legal responsibility imposed on an employer requiring him/her to pay damages to an injured employee.

Encapsulant (sealant)
A substance applied to asbestos-containing material which controls the release of airborne asbestos-fibres.

Encapsulation
The treatment of ACBM with a material that surrounds or embeds asbestos in an adhesive matrix to prevent the release of Asbestos fibres, as the encapsulant creates a membrane over the surface (bridging encapsulant) or penetrates the material and binds its components together (penetrating encapsulant).

Enclosure
An airtight, impermeable, permanent barrier around ACBM to prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the air.

EPA
Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Regulations
Regulatory standards which cover emissions into the outside environment from a workplace and disposal of hazardous wastes from job sites.

Equipment Room (Change Room)
A contaminated room located within the decontamination area that is supplied with impermeable bags or containers for the disposal of contaminated protective clothing and equipment.

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