Asbestos is not a safe material and has been linked to many health problems. The invisible fibres are airborne, increasing the risk of exposure. Studies have shown that background air contains anywhere from 10 to 200 asbestos fibres per 1,000 litres.

Asbestos fibres can lead to diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. The risk factors include the concentration of fibres inhaled by the person, exposure frequency, type of fibre, and the individual’s health and genetics.